Pure Class – Georgia Bulldogs honor Arkansas State head coach’s late wife with ‘Pink Out’
In any competition, or life in general for that matter, there’s one characteristic that separates good teams from great teams – having class.
We don’t care what team you root for, Georgia has a new place in our hearts and what they did this past Saturday was pure class.
In Week 3, Arkansas State is traveling to Athens to tangle with Georgia at Sanford Stadium. In the week leading up to that non-conference matchup, momentum began to build among UGA fans on social media calling for those attending the game to wear pink in honor of Arkansas State Blake Anderson‘s late wife.
Saturday afternoon, in heartwarming fashion, the fans did just that.
Good job Georgia honoring Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson’s late wife Wendy. pic.twitter.com/8TFd8LM9pF
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 14, 2019
A decent number of Georgia fans are decked out in pink! pic.twitter.com/KseC30gbQr
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 14, 2019
Arkansas State announced Aug. 19 that Anderson would be taking a leave of absence from his job as head football coach to be with his wife Wendy, who was battling an aggressive form of breast cancer for the second time in three years. The following day, Anderson posted a heartfelt message on social media revealing that his wife had lost her brave battle with the insidious disease shortly before midnight the night before “with me laying right beside her.”
The ‘Pink Out’ was very heartwarming and even a little overwhelming for head coach Anderson:
“It’s overwhelming to be honest with you. Got a text earlier this week when whoever started the whole idea of pinking out today. I’ll be honest with you, I teared up, and it took a little while to kind of compose myself. It’ll be hard today but very honored and just appreciate all the support. We’ve learned on a lot of people to get through this.” Anderson said in an interview.
"I'll be honest with you. I teared up and took a little while to compose myself."
Georgia and Arkansas State's pinkout means a lot for Blake Anderson 🙏 pic.twitter.com/5OOzkEY0p8
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 14, 2019
Anderson’s leave of absence extended into the regular season and led to him missing the opener, but the coach surprised his team by returning to the sidelines in Week 2.