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January 26, 2014

A Look Ahead: Former UGA QB to speak Sunday in Dalton

Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday of sorts — a national and worldwide celebration.

Friends. Family. Food. Football. A lot of words starting with the letter “f.”

For this year’s game day, at Salem Baptist Church in Dalton, adults and local high school athletes have a chance to focus their attention on the next letter of the alphabet: G, for God, Georgia and David Greene.

The former University of Georgia quarterback will share his life testimony and also will speak to young athletes and offer insight to reaching the college and professional level. Salem Baptist Church is at 1448 Pleasant Grove Drive NE.

Services will be in the morning at 8, 9:15 and 10:30. He’ll also speak during halftime of the game. Dan Peeples, former Varnell mayor, organized the event.

“The main point is he’ll be sharing his testimony,” Peeples said. “He’ll speak about what God has done in his life and how he couldn’t have made it without God in his life.”

Greene led the Bulldogs to a Southeastern Conference championship and Sugar Bowl victory in 2002, when he won the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year award. He finished his career as the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division I history with 42 wins in four seasons as Georgia’s starter. The Seattle Seahawks, one of the teams playing in this year’s Super Bowl, drafted Greene 85th overall in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also had short stints with the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts.

At 4 p.m., Greene will speak to all attending high school athletes in the sanctuary.

“We’re inviting all high school athletes,” Peeples said. “At first it was all the football players but then we expanded to all athletes. He’ll talk about how to be successful in college as an athlete and make it to the pros.

“It’ll be a closed session just for them and also allow them to get some autographs and photos.”

At 6 p.m., football fans and others are invited for tailgating and to watch the game. Greene will stick around and sign autographs for all fans.

• As for the actual Super Bowl, here’s to hoping the Seahawks win. The franchise hasn’t won a title before and their fans, collectively called “the 12th man,” are impressively loud and influential during games played in Seattle.

Plus, the backlash from people about cornerback Richard Sherman’s post-game interview after the NFC Championship win was a little ridiculous. The dude was hyped up on adrenaline after making the biggest play of his career. Of course he’ll think he’s the best at what he does — which he is. It’s pretty understandable to be outspoken in that moment, especially when your personality lends itself to being outspoken in general.

Truth be told, his outburst was pretty boss. And the negative reaction following it was pretty surprising.

Stop trying to block Sherman’s shine.

• But hey, that’s Sunday, six long days away. If you didn’t know, there’s quite a bit of important high school sports events happening around the area this week.

Start with Tuesday, when Dalton and Northwest Whitfield meet again on the basketball court. The girls game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys follow.

In the first meeting, Northwest’s girls won and Dalton’s boys lost.

But the Lady Catamounts are riding a three-game winning streak and the Bruins had a come-from-behind win in overtime on Friday.

Friday’s schedule has Northwest’s Bruins and Lady Bruins traveling to Southeast Whitfield for another pair of rematches. The Northwest squads swept the first meeting.

For those wondering, this is the last full week of games for high school basketball. The region tournaments all begin toward the end of next week.

• And last on the high school sports scene, the wrestling season shifts to the individual postseason for all local grapplers. Saturday includes a trifecta of area traditional tournaments as Morris Innovative and Murray County meet the other Area 3-2A squads at Lovett High; Coahulla Creek and North Murray join the Area 2-3A field at Central-Carrollton High; and Dalton, Northwest and Southeast compete for individual titles at the Area 7-4A tournament at Cass High.

• Also happening this week is the third round of the sports movie tournament on The Daily Citizen’s weekly sports podcast, “After Deadline.” Only eight movies remain: “Hoosiers” faces “Field of Dreams;” “Miracle” goes against “Bull Durham;” “Raging Bull” faces “For Love of the Game;” and “Rocky” (the original) battles “Remember the Titans.”

And yes, Matthew Blackwell, we absolutely made a huge error in leaving off “The Mighty Ducks” from the original field. I don’t know how that happened. Hopefully, we can fix it by placing “The Mighty Ducks” movie into The Daily Citizen’s unofficial Hall of Fame.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. His Hall of Fame is growing each week. Contact him at devingolden@daltoncitizen.com.

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