Bulldog jersey means the world to Eunice family

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -   The University of Georgia football team is memorializing a young man who dreamed of playing for the bulldogs.

James Eunice drowned while duck hunting last month. UGA football Coach Mark Richt sent the Eunice family a special gift to honor the teenager.

John L. Eunice is the proud father of 17-year-old James Eunice who's now an honorary Georgia Bulldog. This jersey has Eunice's Valdosta Wildcat number 23.

"We're just so very proud of what the university of Georgia did what coach Richt did Jay and Malcolm and the words Jay and Malcolm spoke afterwards," said John L. Eunice.

At Eunice's funeral, Crosspointe Pastor David Rogers read a note UGA Coach Mark Richt wrote to the family. He said he was praying for the family and wanted to send them a Bulldog jersey he believes James Eunice would've earned.

Wildcats Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell recently signed to play at Georgia. They pulled the jersey out of a box, and it was presented to the family. "It really caught me off guard when the whole event came up," said John L. Eunice.

Eunice was going to attend UGA and planned to walk onto the football team. "He had talked to several people about walking on the team," said Lindsey Eunice. "He had just the most amazing heart of anyone I ever met he would do anything for anyone the fact that coach Richt did this for him means the world to my family means the world to me."

"He just wanted to be an example of what it meant to be a follower of Christ he did that in his classes he that when he was playing sports," said Tammy Allbritton Eunice, James' mother.

John A. Eunice, James' brother is at UGA law school and told us he's forever grateful to the coach for his generosity and he's truly a class act.

James Eunice not only made bulldog team, the pastor says he made the team of Christ.

James Eunice's dad says he was a Georgia fan before and will now be a huge Georgia fan for the rest of his life.

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