By: Eric SanInocencio
SEC Digital Network
Athens, Ga. -- We made our second pilgrimage in the "Life In The SEC" series, heading to Athens to explore the University of Georgia. Below is a photo gallery from our travels to the town that houses Bulldog athletics.
The Softball Complex
Georgia's softball and soccer complexes are nestled a few miles from town, but there are reminders everywhere that you are witnessing Bulldog athletics. Here's an overview of the field.
A Little Gymnastics Bling
As we continued to make our way during the daily tour, we saw this collection in the gymnastics office. These are the championship rings that have been won by the Gym Dogs in the past. If you look closely, you can even see me in the reflection.
A Piece Of Football History
There is a wall located in the athletics building that is dedicated to former Georgia players who have been on the cover of sports magazines. The wall itself has tons of pictures, but here's a quick peek, including several covers that feature SEC great Herschel Walker.
The First Round Gallery
One of the best parts about the Georgia tour was the facilities, and how the new buildings paid homage to the old success. In this photo, you can see a majority of the first round picks in Georgia football history. Each name includes a signed football by the player, all to display the Bulldogs gridiron successes.
The Culmination of the Day
Our tour ended with a Georgia volleyball match, but the word was already out about the night's game before we finished walking around. As you can tell below, promotions were set way in advance for the night's contest.
Golf Gets It Done Too
One of the recurring themes of the day was "family". In that context, the Georgia athletics program has had success across the board, including golf. Here is the trophy wall in the golf offices, seen the moment you walk into the front door.
Team, First and Foremost
This is the Georgia gymnastics locker room, complete with the "TEAM" motto posted on the wall.
Pollack Before Palmer
In addition to the team tributes throughout the athletics building, there are areas dedicated to former Bulldog greats. David Pollack, now known for his role as an ESPN analyst, has a special section of the building that glorifies his honors at Georgia.
Bulldogs In The Pool
As mentioned earlier, all of Georgia's sports have had success over the years. Swimming is no exception, and here is where the Bulldogs take to the pool to compete.
Behind The "Hedges"
When you think of Georgia football, "The Hedges" have to enter into that equation. I had the opportunity to peek out from behind some of the most famous foliage in all of college football.
A Special Thanks
We truly enjoyed our trip to Athens, and most of that was due to the wonderful guides that showed us the university. Special thanks to Aimee Russo and Jen Galas for putting up with Sean Cartell and myself. We really appreciated it ladies. Thanks again.