So today was basically the best day of my life.
I was able to go on a VIP tour of Mercedes Benz stadium, go to both team locker rooms, go to the media viewing windows for both Auburn and Georgia, and see all the behind the scenes production stuff! We also got to meet Marcus Spears, Steve Shaw, and the president of the Atlanta Falcons. All thanks to my awesome brother, Jake.
Anyway, I thought I could come share what I saw. Kerryon came over and got Jake from the sideline to come out on the field with him. He took pictures and talked with Jake for a good 5 minutes. He was walking around, laughing, and seemed in good spirits. His left arm did look a little stiff, but I might be over-analyzing bc I'm so worried/paranoid. Jake told him he wants him to score 16 TDs tomorrow and Kerryon laughed and said "Man, that's a lot!" I did see him sort of stretching both arms out and up, so he definitely has movement. Then Kerryon went and got Jarrett Stidham and he came over and talked with Jake too. Jake told him "I saw you kiss your girlfriend after the Iron Bowl" and Jarrett laughed. They didn't really do anything during the media viewing window except walk around the field and chat. The guys seemed very cool, confident, and relaxed.
Gus specifically asked to see Jake and Jake was the first person he greeted on the field, which was SO cool. Gus has this swagger now that just seems different. He didn't even seem nervous. Just calm, collected, and focused.
Okay, now the part y'all are gonna LOVE. So a guy that works with Georgia football graduated from Jake's high school. He comes over during the Georgia viewing period and grabs Jake from the sidelines. Then, proceeds to take Jake out to meet Nick Chubb and Kirby Smart. Kirby told Jake he was wearing the wrong shirt (AU shirt) and Jake says "No sir. I'm sorry, but Auburn is going to win." ??? THEN Jake says "So what do you plan on doing about Kerryon Johnson? You know, he's really fast." Y'all, I was doing everything I could not to die laughing. To Kirby Smart's credit, he took it completely in stride. He just laughed and said "Yeah, he's good." He was really nice to Jake and talked to him a very long time.
Maybe it's my orange and blue glasses, but the Georgia players seemed more tense than our players. The tone was noticeably more somber.
If you've read this far, you're a trooper. Sorry for the novel, but I'm so excited I might not be able to sleep lol. I just had to share. I attached some of the pictures in case you are interested!