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RIP to a Damn Good Dawg

The patriarch of a proud Georgia Bulldog legacy has passed on.

Requiescat in Pace, Joe Tereshinski, Sr.  Photo credit
Requiescat in Pace, Joe Tereshinski, Sr. Photo credit
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We heard some sad news Monday out of Dawg Nation, but I wanted to wait until it was reported by a major reputable news outlet before passing it on. Joe Tereshinki, Sr., passed away Sunday morning.

Joe played End (that would be tight end/defensive end in the era of two-way football) on the 1942 Georgia national championship team and on the 1946 SEC Championship team, then went on to play in the NFL for eight years. He also started a great family legacy of Georgia Bulldogs. His sons, Joe T., Jr., and Wally, both played on the 1976 SEC Champion Bulldog squad, and Coach T (Jr.) is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Dawgs.

Most of us will also remember the most recent entry in the Tereshinski legacy, as his grandson Joe T., III, was briefly part of the quarterback "controversy" in 2006, which ended up with Matthew Stafford winning the starting job. (He was on the roster during the 2005 season, too, so every Tereshinski that has played at Georgia has won an SEC Championship. I think we're all eagerly awaiting the day that one of Joe T III's sons becomes a Georgia Bulldog!)

I think it's appropriate to salute him one final time with a lone-trumpeter-led battle hymn:

Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to the Tereshinski family. Joe, Sr., was a Damn Good Dawg.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to St. Mary's Center for Alzheimer¹s and Dementia Care, 1660 Jennings Mill Rd., Bogart, GA 30622.