Dr. Chris Haddock
Pictured with wife Rachelle and sons Grady (8) and Landon (6)
CS: When did you become a UGA fan?
CH: My mom pulled for Bama, and my father remains a big Tennessee fan. As a young child, I was looking to find my own team to root for. The older kid that lived next door and his dad were big UGA fans, so I paid attention to the Dawgs. Along came Herschel Walker and a National Championship season, and I was hooked. Five years later, that neighbor and his son took me to my first UGA game. I’ve been going ever since.
CS: What’s the most memorable Georgia game you’ve been to?
CH: The Georgia/Florida game in 1997. UGA hadn’t beaten Florida in seven years. We were a 20+ point underdog, but some magic happened that night and the Dawgs beat Spurrier and the Gators 31-17. I have an autographed copy of the front page of Red & Black [UGA Student Paper] from the Monday after the game. It was a gift from Rachelle, and it proudly hangs in our home. Other games stick out, like UGA beating UT in 2000 for the first time in 12 years, but nothing quite compares to that night in Jacksonville.
CS: You once traveled all the way to Tempe, AZ for a game – tell me about that!
CH: My wife was five months pregnant with our first child. They estimated 40,000 Georgia fans made the trip. It was one big Georgia takeover of the restaurants and bars in Tempe. I remember our runningback Knowshon Moreno hurdled a player and it was the play of the year in college football.
CS: What does a typical tailgate look like for you?
CH: After graduating, I continued to host a tailgate with my closest friends on the historic North Campus for 15 years. We usually fed 50-75 people. Now our tailgate spot has moved to a camper we keep in Bulldog RV park in Athens. We head to town for every home football game as well as the occasional gymnastics, basketball, and baseball weekends.
CS: What’s your favorite UGA tradition?
CH: We have a thing called “Seven Notes” where a lone trumpeter from the band plays the opening of our “Glory Glory to Old Georgia” from the upper deck in Sanford Stadium just before kickoff.
– Was once featured on the Turner South show “Blue Ribbon” for an episode about tailgates
– Takes a beach vacation each year to attend the GA/FL midseason bowl game in Jacksonville
– Twice rented a houseboat to invade the Vol Navy for a GA/TN game
– Has attended more than 200 home and