Uga: The Georgia Mascot Uga VII carries on the great tradition of representing Georgia
Uga (pronounced Ugg-ah), the University of Georgia’s, has established himself as the nation’s most well-known mascot. Uga VII, the current mascot for UGA, was officially introduced during pre-game ceremonies prior to the 2008 season-opening football game against Georgia Southern. Owned by the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family of Savannah, Ga., since Uga I first graced the campus in 1956, each Uga is awarded a varsity letter plaque, identical to those presented to UGA athletes. Uga VI, the winningest mascot in the University of Georgia’s history, died on June 27, 2008 from congestive heart failure in his hometown of Savannah, Ga. “He was a good one,” Seiler said. “What can I say? He had a marvelous record. He was a very strong and healthy dog. He was the biggest of all the dogs, and he had the biggest heart. It just played out.” Uga VI, who was only one year old at the time of his coronation, was the biggest of all the mascots weighing in at 65 pounds – more than 20 pounds heavier than his father – and like his forefathers was a solid white English bulldog. One of Uga VI’s first national appearances was a photo with his father and Lady
The Uga line began with Uga I, born Hood’s Ole Dan. Uga I was given to Cecelia Seiler by a friend, Frank Heard of Columbus. The practice of having Uga wear a red jersey on the sideline at games began during his reign, which lasted from 1956-66.
Uga II, born Ole Dan’s Uga, took over at Homecoming, 1966. As he was led to midfield at Sanford Stadium, the student body erupted in a cheer that was picked up by the entire stadium, ‘‘Damn Good Dog!’’ His reign lasted until 1972.
Bulldog twins Coco and Kelly Miller in Sports Illustrated’s college basketball preview edition prior to the 1999-2000 season. “Uga has always been such a strong figure associated the University of Georgia nationwide,” UGA Director of Athletics said. “Uga VI was a damn good mascot and a damn good dog. He was an outstanding representative of our fine institution.” As determined and published by the Pittsburgh Press, Georgia is the only major college that actually buries its mascots within the confines of its football stadium. Epitaphs to the dogs are inscribed in bronze, and before each home game flowers are placed on a statue adjacent to the tombs. Uga’s jerseys are custom-made from the same material used for the football players’ jerseys. Uga is defined by his spiked collar, a symbol of the position which he holds. Uga’s on-field home is a permanent air conditioned doghouse located next to the cheerleaders’ platform, providing comfort in the heat of August and September. Whenever Uga appears at any Georgia event, he instantly draws a crowd generally overshadowing everyone else in attendance.
Uga III, born Seiler’s Uga Three, was present for Georgia football’s finest moment as Herschel Walker guided the Bulldogs to the 1980 national championship. Uga III reigned from 1972-80, retiring on the 100th football game of his career.
Uga IV, born Seiler’s Uga Four, appeared at the Heisman Trophy banquet with Herschel Walker in 1982, the first mascot ever invited to the ceremony. Following his reign from 1981-89, Uga IV was declared “Dog of the Decade” by Vince Dooley in 1991. 2009-10 Lad y Bulldo G Basketball
Born Uga IV’s Magillicuddy II and reigning from 199099, Uga V appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which proclaimed him the nation’s best college mascot. Uga V also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s “Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil.”
Uga VI, born Uga V’s Watchagot Loran, represented UGA from 1999-08. Georgia captured 19 of its 35 national titles under his watch. Uga VI was featured in an Emmy-winning episode of Turner South’s Liars and Legends and as part of a segment on NBC Nightly News.
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