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November 30, 2013

RICHARDSON: So much thankfulness this year

MILLEDGEVILLE — For more years than I can count the great Atlanta Journal–Constitution sportswriter Furman Bisher offered up his thoughts on things for which he was genuinely grateful. Those columns always moved me and so in his honor and in his grand tradition we do the same here today.

I’m thankful that my Mama enjoyed 78 years of good health, taught me a multitude of lessons that have lasted a lifetime, and saw fit to donate a kidney to me when I was deathly ill.

I’m thankful that my Daddy and brothers are so incredibly loving while at the same time are so strong-minded and resilient.

I’m so thankful that Mama and Daddy taught us the importance of spirituality and of God’s goodness and mercy.

I’m eternally grateful for Ann Ross’s gift of life that has so positively impacted my life and that of my family’s.

I’m tickled to death that Georgia Southern silenced the Gator chomp.

I’m appreciative of the opportunity to watch Aaron Murray play quarterback for my beloved UGA Bulldogs for the past four years. I’m also gratified that he did so while setting a shining example for future student-athletes to follow.

I’m very pleased when I see touchdown makers and big hitters do their thing without the chest thumping ceremony that seems to always follow these days.

I really enjoy a well-officiated game by folks who work hard, are always in position, and do their thankless job in a professional way.

I’m thankful for the fans who support their team and their coaches through the good times and the bad.

I’m exceptionally thankful for the fan who doesn’t feel the need to abuse the coaches within earshot of the wives of those coaches.

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