Tony Dungy gave important advice to UGA-bound Orson Charles

 

Orson Charles got important advice from NFL coaching legend Tony Dungy before picking UGA over Southern Cal and Tennessee (Tampa Tribune)

Orson Charles got important advice from NFL coaching legend Tony Dungy before picking UGA over Southern Cal and Tennessee (Tampa Tribune)

NFL coaching legend Tony Dungy provided guidance for one of Georgia’s top football recruits. Tight end Orson Charles of Tampa ended one of the nation’s most intense recruiting battles by signing with the Bulldogs over Tennessee and Southern Cal more than a month after signing day.

“I know Orson was having a little trouble making his decision,” Dungy said. “He had it down to a few schools. He came by my house and the last thing we talked about was, ‘Hey, just assume you get hurt the first day you ever step on campus. You want to go to a place where you’re going to enjoy the school, [the] players that you’re around, [the] coaches. And you’re going to able to have that great atmosphere outside of football. Don’t think of football, but how it’s going to be as a family.’”

“I don’t know if that influenced him or not. He decided to come to Georgia because I think he felt that here at [Georgia]. Those are the things that are important. In the long run, that’s going to be more important than playing professional football, or what position you’re going to play [in college], or anything like that.”

Dungy was at Georgia on Wednesday to promote All Pro Dad’s introduction to college campuses, kicking off with Georgia. Dungy attended the signing ceremony of Charles at Tampa’s Plant High, where Dungy’s son also plays for the football team.

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[...] Tony Dungy gave important advice to UGA-bound Orson Charles … [...]

WTF?

March 19th, 2009
8:01 am

Is he wearing?

P-Ho

March 19th, 2009
8:30 am

Tenn was the better school for OC, lol. Who was gonna be the QB throwing to him?

lanekiffinfanclub

March 19th, 2009
9:02 am

I do believe Lane Kiffin fan club that not only are you the president, but you are the only member. Please be aware that you have to have an IQ of over 75 to post so please refrain from future posting.

While you are looking through the NCAA violation handbook, please give a copy to Lane Kiffin, apparently he has failed to read it. Rocky Top, the NCAA is coming to venue near you.

By the way, would you be willing to lay a bet on how many points UT will score on UGA this year? Put up or shut up.

[...] fact that a former NFL coach who can show off a Super Bowl ring dispensed important advice to a high school recruit isn’t really big news. The fact that Charles was intelligent enough [...]

JustCallMeChamp

March 19th, 2009
5:18 pm

Charles picked Georgia over Tennessee because he realized that if he DID get hurt that first day and couldn’t play again, he’d be at a REAL school and his degree would actually be WORTH something. And by the way…I’m a Gator not a Bulldawg.

Buzz

March 20th, 2009
1:13 am

Does UT have the most dense fans or what . . . ?

bull-gator

March 20th, 2009
9:22 am

another nothing story. what else is going on?