Standing in Section 103 of Sanford Stadium on Saturday Georgia footballHis game against Kent State will be a man wearing a ‘Cheerio & Go Dawgs’ shirt.
It will be Chris Biggs’ debut. Bulldogs After traveling 4,500 miles from Scotland to Atlanta and a game on the way to Athens.
The Edinburgh resident arrived in the US for the first time early Wednesday.
“It’s a beautiful and amazing city,” Biggs said of Athens. “I didn’t expect it to be as beautiful as it was. Everyone was so generous and welcoming, and southern hospitality is truly something. I was truly blown away.”
Biggs, known as British Bulldog He has gained a popular following on the platform in recent years as he shares his love for Georgia football on Twitter.
He credits the NFL for the growth of American football in the UK in recent years, but what he found most interesting was the passion and passion behind college football.
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Biggs, a public servant in Edinburgh, tunes in every week to ESPN’s College Game Day and afternoons in Scotland.
It was watching Nick Chubb, Todd Gurley and Sony Michel appeal to him to root for the Bulldogs in 2014 under Mark Richt’s later years as head coach. Now he considers American football his greatest passion.
“It’s an amazing product,” said Biggs, a Manchester United soccer fan. “College football seems more authentic to me. And that’s the culture that goes with it. The passion of the fans is probably second to none. Bulldog Nation is full of passionate fans. It’s like when we follow English football. Or soccer. I really appreciate that. One One thing led to another and now it’s a bit of an obsession.
Biggs, who was born and raised in South West England, sold around 200 ‘Cheerio & Go Dawgs’ T-shirts to help fund his trip to the United States.
He had the help of many UGA football fans to make the trip special.
The Bulldogs’ Dwight Standridge battled breast cancer hosted the Bigs in Jefferson for a few nights. He even arranged a visit to Sanford Stadium for Biggs on Thursday, and he got it tight Brooke Bowers And Oscar Delp Standridge autographed two items for the charity.
Biggs kicked off Thursday with Mama’s Boy, who ‘prepared me well’, including a tour of The Arch and the stadium, before enjoying the sights of Athens.
“It’s different, I’ll give it that,” said Biggs, who was taken to Royal Farmer by five points for the taste of the house. A few pints at Creature Comforts capped off the night.
“It’s really cool and I love craft beer,” he said.
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Biggs began watching Georgia games through British Telecom’s partnership with ESPN, which aired many American football games. The Sports Network app is another way to stream games. If all else fails, he can configure a VPN that will allow him to access the game and stream it to the TV.
Midday starts are ideal for Bigs around 5pm in Edinburgh. It’s games like the national championship in January where Georgia’s true passion has shown.
“I couldn’t miss it and I took off (Tuesday),” Biggs said. “It must have been over here at 5 o’clock in the morning. It was crazy, but a lot of fun.”
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Biggs plans to hop from tailgate to tailgate Saturday to join the crowd he met on Twitter. He’ll enjoy the Dawg walk-off and then the easy Georgia win.
After five nights in Athens, he will return to the UK on Monday, although he prefers to stay a little longer and do it all over again.
“In hindsight, it doesn’t seem like enough time,” Biggs said. “There’s so much to do here. Athens is such a vibrant city, loads to do, loads to see and loads to eat. It doesn’t seem like long.”