Samuel L. Jackson pays Bulldogs another visit

semerson@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 23, 2012 

ATHENS - Apparently, Samuel L. Jackson has not had enough of these (bleeping) Georgia Bulldogs on this (bleeping) Sanford Stadium field.

A couple years after attending a Georgia game, the movie star showed up at Bulldogs practice on Thursday. Jackson, who did not attend UGA, gave the team a brief speech after practice.

"Oh man, I love Samuel," Georgia assistant coach Rodney Garner said of the "Pulp Fiction" star. "He's just so cool. He's cool! He's cooler than life! It's hard to imagine a guy being that cool on TV, and he comes out there just as cool."

Thursday was not a day for player media availability. But they expressed their awe at their brush with Hollywood fame on Twitter. Several posted pictures. Offensive lineman Austin Long tweeted out "starstruck."

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham didn't get a chance to meet Jackson, but expressed his admiration.

"I like his temperament," said Grantham, with a grin.

Grantham has become known for a fiery demeanor that could be reminiscent of a (perhaps vulgar) Jackson movie diatribe. Grantham was asked if he could recite a favorite Jackson movie quote.

"I don't think I could do that, could I?" he said, grinning again.

Jackson lives in California, but he went to Morehouse in Atlanta, and has plenty of family in the area. One of those is nephew Byron Curtis, an assistant coach at Creekside High School.

Last year Garner was at Creekside, and Curtis told him his uncle was Jackson.

"I'm like, 'Yeah right,'" Garner recalled. "He tells me, 'He likes Georgia, he likes Georgia. When he's in town I'll tell him to go to a game.' I said, right, really."

Then Curtis called the week of Thanksgiving, telling him Jackson wanted to come to the Georgia Tech game on Saturday. Garner got on the phone and made it work, and Jackson was on the sidelines as the Bulldogs beat their in-state rival.

Jackson was back on Thursday, and didn't just attend practice. Earlier in the day men's basketball head coach Mark Fox tweeted out a photo of himself and Jackson, and said they were golfing together. 

"I just think it's a relationship that will continue to grow," Garner said. "Because I do think he does genuinely like Georgia."

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