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May these Vince Dooley quotes bring you joy, and may you read them in his voice. I hope you do. There’s really just something soothing about it.

“We started him at tight end, and he just sort of ate his way to the guard position.”

– on Georgia offensive guard George Collins.

(‘Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia’ – Vince Dooley with Tony Barnhart)

“I’ve said many times that I knew Herschel was going to be good, but I never thought he would be that good that fast. But I was certainly going to give him the opportunity.”

– on evaluating Georgia Bulldogs great Herschel Walker out of high school.

“His first five years, he’s won two championships. In our first five years, we won two championships. So I think there’s a lot of similarities.”

– on Mark Richt’s first five seasons as Georgia’s head coach (2001-2005).

GettyImages-1769781-2.jpg NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 1: Head coach Mark Richt of the the University of Georgia Bulldogs walks off the field after defeating the Florida State University Seminoles in Nokia Sugar Bowl game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 1, 2003 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Georgia defeated FSU 26-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

“He would butt heads, and it would bleed a little bit. I always say, ‘Players like to see the coaches bleed.’ So they’d play hard for him.”

– to WSB-TV, on the Georgia Bulldogs’ National Championship defensive coordinator (and College Football Hall-of-Famer, if it were up to me), Erk Russell.

“Our team was a real team. And this is a real team. There’s tremendous morale and spirit among the team.”

– to WSB-TV, on comparing Georgia’s 2017 SEC Championship team to his 1980 National Champions.

GettyImages-900359124.jpg PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs and Isaiah Wynn #77 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrate after a 50 yard touchdown in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

“My base salary was $12,000. But I had a TV contract of $100 a show on a one-year trial for ten shows. So it wasn’t just the base salary. Every time that the salary surveys come out in the newspaper, I have to hide it from my wife (Barbara), because she gets mad every time she sees what everybody’s making. She says, ‘Go back for one year and get fired. Then you’ll be set for life.’”

– to the Paul Finebaum show, on how his first-year salary at Georgia compares to college football coaching salaries in the modern era.

GettyImages-1166601786.jpg ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 7: Vince Dooley alongside his wife and Jere Morehead, is honored as the field name of Dooley Field is announced prior to the start of the game against the Murray State Racers at Sanford Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

“He was a relentless player. When he left Georgia he held the school record for most career tackles by a defensive lineman (348). That meant he was really chasing the ball.”

– on Georgia defensive tackle and pro wrestler Bill Goldberg.

(‘Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia’ – Vince Dooley with Tony Barnhart)

“Nothing like being a champion. Go Dawgs”

– to me, after the 2017 SEC Championship victory over Auburn.

GettyImages-884596716.jpg ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs, Roquan Smith #3 and the team celebrate with the SEC Championship Trophy after beating Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“He’s got a way of irritating fans.”

– on former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier.

GettyImages-72361989.jpg 31 Oct 1998: Head coach Steve Spurrier of the Florida Gators looks on during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Alltell Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Bulldogs 38-7.

“I just don’t think a coaching career can be complete without an undisputed National Championship. You need at least one year when you win them all and your team is recognized unanimously as the best in the nation. It took 17 years to do it, but we finally had one.”

– on winning the 1980 National Championship, and his career.

(‘Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia’ – Vince Dooley with Tony Barnhart)

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