DJ Shockley led Georgia to its most impressive SEC Championship game victory, a 34-14 upset over then No. 3-ranked LSU in 2005. For Shockley, the win concluded one of the most efficient and productive seasons for a quarterback in Georgia’s history, with him completing 55 percent of his passes for 2,588 yards and 24 touchdowns with only five interceptions.
In the 2005 championship, Shockley was named MVP of the game after throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score. Georgia finished that season with a 10-3 record after a 38-35 loss to West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl. Shockley was a backup quarterback for five seasons with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
These days, Shockley is still involved with football as a member of the TV and radio media. He is an analyst or co-host for several shows, including CSS’s SEC Football Tonight, WSB-TV’s High School Football “Game of the Week,” and the Falcons postgame show on 790 the Zone. Shockley aspires to be a commentator/analyst, studio host or reporter for one of the major networks.
Shockley, 29, lives in Atlanta with his high school sweetheart, wife Portia, and their two kids, daughter Milan (2 years old) and son Mekhi (8 months).
Shockley spoke with the AJC this week about his SEC memories:
Who wins UGA vs. Alabama and why? “I believe Georgia wins simply because they are hitting their peak at the right time. They’ve just been playing lights out in recent games. Their offense has been pretty consistent the whole year with scoring points and moving the ball. I think it’s going to come down to which quarterback plays better. I think with Aaron Murray, not really having a real big signature win in his time and playing well in that win, this is as big of a time as ever to get that big signature win.”
How often do people talk to you about your moment of SEC Championship glory? “A lot. A lot actually, especially the world of Social Media and everything. I go to a lot of different appearances. I got to a lot of different places. People still remember that game. Not just Georgia fans, but a lot of college football fans period. They remember that season, what we did as a team, and what I did as well. It still happens a lot. And it’s still kind of baffling to me that it still happens with it being seven years later.”
What should people know about 2005 SEC game that is not really known? “At the time, LSU was like No. 3 and if they won, they would play in the national championship. I think everybody had us losing by maybe like 9 points or something. Nobody expected us to be in the game. Nobody gave us chance. That was the big storyline. We just didn’t beat them, we beat them pretty good.”
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