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Georgia Bulldogs enjoy Thanksgiving tradition

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The Georgia Bulldogs are getting ready to face their fierce in-state rival Georgia Tech. A lot is at stake for UGA as they go into the game. But before taking to the field, members of the team took part in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner provided by a coach.

Longtime defensive line coach Rodney Garner and his wife Kim and a host of relatives provided a taste of home for members of the football team and other UGA athletes on Thanksgiving.

It's a 15-year tradition that the Garners' began when they were at the University of Tennessee.  

"I just appreciate what they do for us and for my family just to make this a possibility," said Garner. "I want them to understand that it's all about giving back."

Senior nose tackle John Jenkins, who will play his final game in Sanford Stadium against Georgia Tech on Saturday, had 25 family members travel from his native Connecticut to be with him on Thanksgiving.

"Last year we were without him…so being in Athens – it means a lot to the family," said Mary Ann Baker, Jenkins' mom.

The feast included something for everyone. Some players said they were going to some with them back to their dorms.

"I want these guys to be able to have a home cooked meal, spend some time with one another," said Garner.

The Bulldogs will face Georgia Tech on Saturday. Should they win, they'll have a chance to play for the national title if they can also defeat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.


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