If you’re not a fan of college football, this story probably flew under your radar. Last week, the University of Georgia’s beloved bulldog mascot passed away at the young age of 4. UGA VII, was on the job for just two short seasons but touched the hearts of Georgia students, faculty, and fans. He led the Bulldogs to a 16-7 record while patrolling the sidelines.

UGA VII was much more than a symbol representing the school, he was also a beloved family pet and friend. His impact could be seen by the countless flowers and cards that were brought to the game in Athens on Saturday night. The University memorialized UGA prior to the game in a ceremony that touched the hearts of everyone in the stadium. They left his jersey and collar on his crate inside the stadium and will not replace him on the sidelines until next season. He was buried next to his father UGA VI in Sanford Stadium in a private ceremony prior to the game.

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