April 28, 2005
Valdosta - The Division II national champion Valdosta State football team held their awards banquet Thursday night.
Where the Blazers finally got that one item they have been waiting for since the clock reached 0:00 in Florence Alabama last December.
That item is of course the rings they earned for winning the D-II national title.
Every player could not wait to see the rings that were designed by the seniors.
And players and coaches all say that looking at their ring brings back the memories of what will be a season that no Blazer will ever forget.
Head coach Chris Hatcher said "Going back over the course of the past couple of weeks of preparing for the banquet, getting the videos ready, seeing all the great plays our team made and all the bounces that we got in route to the championship. It was a magical season."
Senior running back Tyran Robinson of Moultrie said "There have been times that I have put the highlight tape in and look back throughout the season and what we have acccomplished every game and stuff. As I was looking at it, each game we got better and better."
Even Chris Hatchers' four-year old son Ty earned a trophy.
Ty Hatcher won his award because after a practice one day last fall he asked his dad that if the Blazers won the national title would he get a trophy.
And the answer last night was yes.