Dome is destination for Lee brothers, Dallas (UGA) and Dillon (Bama)

Divided loyalties can't divide the Lee family, which includes Georgia guard Dallas Lee (L), Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee (R) and Lisa and Robert Lee. (Lee family photo)

Divided loyalties can't divide the Lee family, which includes Georgia guard Dallas Lee (L), Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee (R) and Lisa and Robert Lee. (Lee family photo)

ATHENS – The Georgia Bulldogs were scheduled to play Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 6th of this year until Missouri and Texas A&M accepted the SEC’s invitation to join the expanding conference last fall. That meant league schedules, booked years in advance, had to be reshuffled. The SEC replaced Alabama with Missouri on Georgia’s slate.

Nobody was happier about that change than Georgia alum and longtime fan Lisa Lee. Never mind win-loss implications.

Lee is the mother of Dallas Lee, who is the starting left offensive guard for Georgia. She’s also mom to Dillon Lee, who is a freshman linebacker at Alabama. She was sweating out that Oct. 6 date since the spring of 2011 when it first became apparent that her youngest son was not going to follow his big brother’s footsteps.

“We were relieved,” Lisa Lee said of the schedule change. “Lauren Murray (mother of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray) had already made me a shirt that had ‘Heart Divided’ on it, with Alabama on one side and Georgia on the other and a big split down the middle.”

Her sons hope she still gets to wear it.

Georgia and Alabama could still meet. If they do, it will be on Dec. 1 in the Georgia Dome — in the SEC Championship game.

The Bulldogs, ranked No. 6 in both The Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches’ polls, can return there if they repeat as SEC Eastern Division champions. Alabama, ranked No. 2 in both polls, is favored to get there from the West. The Lee boys both plan to be there.

“It’s still our goal to play,” said Dallas, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound junior. “It’s just going to be a little later in the season.”

A request to interview Dillon was denied by Alabama, citing coach Nick Saban’s policy for true freshmen.

Lisa Lee is not particularly enamored about sitting through a championship game with her sons on opposing sidelines either. Though her Georgia roots have been growing longer than she has been alive, she can’t say for certain she’d be cheering for the Bulldogs or what she might feel.

“I’d root for everyone to stay healthy and for it to be decided on something other than Dillon’s defensive assignments or Dallas’ offensive assignments,” she said. “I would probably be in the bathroom freaking out anyway.”

If it were up to Lisa and her husband, Robert, they wouldn’t be facing such a dilemma. She and her parents have been sitting in the same club level seats in the East end zone at Sanford Stadium for 35 years. Her family was actually voted “Best Dawg fans” one year and featured on The Mark Richt Show. Robert was also a lifelong Bulldog fan, too, and played for Erk Russell at Georgia Southern.

So when Dallas began to draw interest from colleges, his was a relatively stress-free recruitment. Despite offers from Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and others, he committed to the Bulldogs in April of his junior year.

Naturally, they thought Dillon’s recruitment would be much the same when he came through Buford High three years behind Dallas. Dillon had been raised the same way as Dallas and, since his big brother first became a recruit, he’d literally been to Athens 100 times.

“He was staying with me pretty much every summer and every Saturday,” Dallas said. “He always had a blast hanging out with us. He’s friends with everybody here. The more he came, the more I was thinking he was going to come here.”

Turns out, Dillon likes to go his own way. “A typical last born,” his mom says. Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart came after him hard and he was quickly swayed. Dillon committed to Alabama in May of 2011.

“You know, it’s kind of like when you’re 16 and you want a Mustang, but your parents could only afford a used truck,” Lisa explains. “Then you start driving that and you realize, ‘OK, I actually love a truck.’ . . . Dillon’s always surprising us.”

Now comes the hard part. Instead of their sons playing major college football together 40 miles away, they’ll be playing 275 miles apart. That has created some logistical challenges.

So Lisa and Robert Lee will be driving all over the place this fall in their Infiniti FX. You’ll recognize it from the No. 64 Georgia helmet sticker in the lower left corner of back window and a No. 25 Alabama “A” in the right.

“We’re doing it more based on big-game environments,” Lisa said of what games they’ll attend. “The first game was either Buffalo in Athens or Alabama versus Michigan in Texas Stadium. So we’ll be in Texas. The next week, Georgia goes to Missouri for the first time in SEC history, so we’re going there. And it just kind of continues on from there.”

And if all goes to plan, it will end in downtown Atlanta.

118 comments Add your comment

Thinkalittle

August 26th, 2012
6:49 pm

Thinkalittle

August 26th, 2012
6:50 pm

Holy crap, always wanted to do that. Out of my system now. Never again.

just a fan

August 26th, 2012
6:52 pm

Thinkalittle

August 26th, 2012
6:53 pm

As a parent, I would have to root fot UGA in the game simply because, as a freshman, Dallas probably won’t be playing in it. Would be a great story though.

Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson

August 26th, 2012
7:02 pm

Me thinks momma lee is one hot mommy!

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 26th, 2012
7:10 pm

That should be WE and Jesse & Al you need to clean your glasses.

Georgia Fan

August 26th, 2012
7:11 pm

Wonderful family, best of luck to both of their boys!

UGA football fans

August 26th, 2012
7:25 pm

facebook.com/ugafootballfans Like this page now

Game Changer

August 26th, 2012
7:29 pm

One is playing for the national title each year, the other is playing for respect.

Lets see how 2012.

Other than Kublanow at the georgia dome last night UGA did not get much for the 2013 commits. I am worried that the running back may be swaying kublanow to alabama.

Frank Lane

August 26th, 2012
7:31 pm

Very cool split family but I wish Dillon were in Athens also.

Score Check

August 26th, 2012
7:34 pm

Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM

Twist your knee and he leaves you twisting in the wind.

Big Crimson 75

August 26th, 2012
7:50 pm

I vote all goes well & they end in Atlanta!!
With a trip to South Beach for #15 following.
Dillon has been quite impressive at Bama in Camp.

sandiegodawg

August 26th, 2012
7:50 pm

not so fast uncledaddy- GA meets ALA on 12/1 and Dawgs take the trophy. Book It.

Gamechanger is clueless

August 26th, 2012
8:14 pm

There he goes again, Brice Ramsey ,JJ Green,Shaun Mc gee, along with KublanowGeorgia probably had the most recruits playing at the dome, but the clueless wonder gamchanger is unaware, just doing his normal drivel , idiot troll that he is rears his stupid head a gain.Will Trent Brown be too big too compete? Gamechanger thinks so. John Jenkins is still practicing gamechanger , you said he would be ineligible. JHC still at Georgia you said he was leaving.Go troll elsewhere. Quit posing as a Georgia fan, troll.

RHall55

August 26th, 2012
9:04 pm

Game Changer….what are you talking about…I’m normally critical of UGA recruiting (too many horror stories of CRG not getting out of the vacinity of Athens)…but, a lot of the UGA recruits played well last…now, the article on Dallas Lee does show UGA dropped the ball on his recruiting…do you think AL would have let that happened to them…no way…thanks, CRG, for dropping the ball on Dillon Lee!!!

Diamond Dawg

August 26th, 2012
9:17 pm

Game Changer as usual is clueless.

JB

August 26th, 2012
9:31 pm

No way that boy should be at Bama. He should be in Athens. Yep, mom is ok

Gamecock in Georgia

August 26th, 2012
9:35 pm

Just goes to show that Dillon is the smartest member in the family

OkieDawg

August 26th, 2012
9:50 pm

How did this happen? In future years, who will give a crap about Dillion. He will live in Atlanta and on game day, he will be all alone. While everyone in Atlanta goes to Athens (except for the GT LOSERS) he will try to get people excited about Tuscalooser. And all eyes will be on UGA!

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 26th, 2012
10:04 pm

OkieDwag but nobody gives a crap about you now.

chuck

August 26th, 2012
10:05 pm

UGA screwed up in being late recruiting Dillon. The Lee’s are a great family.

Preacher Dawg

August 26th, 2012
10:15 pm

got to love SEC football!!!

OkieDawg

August 26th, 2012
10:27 pm

I dropped my fried twinkie…are you a GT fan, Bammer fan, or just totally irrelevant? WPOS!

Shawn

August 26th, 2012
10:39 pm

Dillion would be disowned if he were my kid.

HABDAWG

August 26th, 2012
10:49 pm

good luck to both. hope they meet in dec.

Knute Rockne

August 26th, 2012
10:57 pm

Unfortunately for young Dillon, he will be sitting with his momma and daddy on December 1st watching his big brother playing LSU.

Dawg-Gawn

August 26th, 2012
11:33 pm

Charlie Daniels lyrics to the song “The Devil went down to Georgia” fit best with this story, unfortunately this time… granny’s dawg does bite back!

It’s okay… everything going to be alright! (*_~)

The chapel bell is “fix’in” to be rung!

“Fan-Up!”

“Our Team, Our Time, No Regrets”

“Make Russ Official Uga IX”

Believe in the “G”

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

August 26th, 2012
11:57 pm

@ Game Chikun in Ga:

He may be the smartest now but after getting one of those “Mail order” diplomas from Bammie he won’t be able to find his a$$ with both hands in his hip pockets…………………………much like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

August 27th, 2012
12:01 am

@ RHall55:

I guess we got to blame somebody so let’s blame George Bush. Barrack Hussein Obama blames all his failures on Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7576DAWG

August 27th, 2012
12:06 am

There must be a ton of animosity and jealousy with Dillon against his older brother. For him to be raised as a Dawg, visit his brother 100’s of times at Georgia, know all the players and love being there and still go to Alabama makes no since at all. Dillion is a very spoiled , self centered little boy who didn’t have the intelligence to see that him picking Alabama over Georgia was a spiteful, deliberate way of saying “It’s all about me now and not Dallas, I have been in his shadow long enough”. ‘ I am going my own way.”
All of that is okay but when you come to Georgia it should be for the TEAM not to bring recognition to yourself. I can tell Dillon this if you were at Georgia you would have to earn everything you get . Because you have a brother at Georgia it would have only helped you get in. Now prove we did not make a mistake in bringing you here.
There is no way that Alabama showed him a fraction of the love that the Bulldawg Nation , coaches and players showed him before he decided to go to Alabama. Georgia not offering him until after Alabama should not have mattered any, but all the exposure Dillion got from all those visits did not matter one bit and he took it as a bitter insult that Georgia didn’t offer before Alabama. I’m sure Dillon is very happy at Alabama but he would have been a legacy at Georgia and 40 years from now he would have people coming up to him at the Georgia games , shacking his hand and reliving the days that he was a Dawg.
DILLON WANT GET THAT RECOGNITION AT ALABAMA WHEN HE GO’S BACK FOR GAMES.Nobody will know who he is or care. He will be living in Georgia and raising a family here not Alabama. The point of this is Dillon is going to Alabama for the wrong reason.

7576DAWG

August 27th, 2012
12:11 am

should have been shaking his hand, sorry.

William

August 27th, 2012
5:43 am

You raise kids the same, give them everything they want and look what happens. Absolutely no reason for Dillon to go to Alabama but spite. My son was raised as a bulldog and there is no way he would not go if he was good enough to. Something is wrong here, either Dillon is off mentally or Georgia dropped the ball recruiting him. You be the judge.

Destin Dawg

August 27th, 2012
6:06 am

Dillon will not get the love after he graduates… probably won’t get to play as much either… bad choice .. must be ego ??

Vince

August 27th, 2012
8:17 am

Good article. Good family. They both seem like fine boys. Go Dawgs, but the best of luck to both of them !!!

WtfWruthnkn

August 27th, 2012
8:43 am

Bunch of idiots on here this kid owes uga nothing…..and btw it was bush’s fault

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 27th, 2012
8:47 am

A bunch of hurt dWag fans must have crystal balls that tell the future. The same people that KNEW Crowell was the NEXT great thing too.

gt4ever

August 27th, 2012
8:53 am

@William

Are you serious ??? and people wonder why dawg fans are the WORST! Just typical…

a.p. dawg

August 27th, 2012
8:54 am

Not trying to trash the kid, he may have just had a bad day, but I saw Dillon outplayed by all 3 of Calhoun’s linebackers in last yrs state championship. None of them even got any D1 offers.
One of the most telling things was I saw Lee try to run around a block from one of Calhoun’s receivers who might weigh 180 lbs dripping wet. This receiver is now a walk on at UGA. I also saw Lee taunting the Calhoun sideline during the game.

Big Crimson 75

August 27th, 2012
8:55 am

Twink — unbelievable posts coming from some of these so called dog supporters.
Some of y’all are beyond saving.

gt4ever

August 27th, 2012
8:56 am

Oh and 7576Dawg is another COMPLETE idiot! But hey, your fanbase is full of them….

McDawg

August 27th, 2012
8:56 am

can’t see Bama beating LSU

the story will be Mettenberger v Murray (with the blog sub plot being how CMR ran Mettenberger off the team etc.. blah blah blah in favor of Murray)

McDawg

August 27th, 2012
8:57 am

Dillion Lee going to Bama was no great loss

ole dawg

August 27th, 2012
8:58 am

Last year I went and watched Buford play and I could not pick out Dillon by his play. Someone had to tell me which player he was… and the game was close until the 3rd quarter. That is not good when you are planning to make an impact at a major D1 school. Hope Dillon proves me wrong and I wish him the best but it looked like the kid was a little over hyped to me. I wish him the best at Alabama!

McDawg

August 27th, 2012
8:58 am

the Pink Tide

RTR22

August 27th, 2012
9:09 am

Great looking family and best wishes to both kids for continued success. DL rolling with the Tide and the next 2 yrs open the season at the Ga Dome against VaT in 13, and WVa in 14.. Saban aint
scared lol…..

OrlandoDawg

August 27th, 2012
9:12 am

Great story! Dallas will kick lil bro’s butt…tee it up between the hedges!

DawginLex

August 27th, 2012
9:37 am

game changer you are seriously embarrassing yourself every time you post

Bobby

August 27th, 2012
9:47 am

It’s sad that there’s grown up bashing a kid for choosing a school that probably best fits him. He’s probably a dawg at heart but felt Alabama was a better fit. May of liked the coaches
more or loved the school who knows but I doubt it was to go against his parents. If it was to go against his parents he would of gone to GT or Flordia. We’re talking about an 18yr old kid when you were 18 did you follow your siblings foot steps or did you decide to do what best for you?

UGA Insider

August 27th, 2012
9:56 am

The blood between Kirby and UGA runs really deep. Kirby has been telling kids CMR was going to get fired each season and scares them to Bama. He wanted Dillian just to piss us off and really went after him hard. However he NEVER thought he would lose Jordan Jenkins because of it. Hilarious how it worked out. Kirby is a slimeball on the recruiting trail and really does his best to hurt UGA. Kirby is good friends with Bobo but hates CMR and Garner.

dawggirl

August 27th, 2012
10:07 am

Why does Kirby hate CMR and Garner so much, Insider? Why are these grown men such babies?