It seems safe to say that Stetson Bennett would have preferred an interview on “Good Afternoon America.”
The Georgia quarterback took revenge on Alabama Monday night, leading the Bulldogs to a 33-18 win and the national college football championship just one month away from a loss to the Crimson Tide in championship game. of the SEC. After turning the ball over in the fourth quarter on a controversial fumble, Bennett took the big stage with two touchdown passes in the final frame to help Georgia capture their first national title since 1980.
When Bulldogs defensive back Kelee Ringo intercepted a pass from Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young to seal the victory, Bennett could be seen crying with joy on the bench. Those tears finally gave way to smiles, screams and celebrations as Georgia picked up her trophy.
And then, what probably felt like a very short time later for Bennett, had to appear on “Good Morning America.” The 23-year-old had the instantly recognizable look of any college student who’d been partying all night only to find that the following morning’s introductory sociology class hadn’t been canceled.
Bennett’s initial exchange with Michael Strahan told the audience everything they needed to know.
Strahan: “How are you feeling this morning after last night’s amazing performance? Have you had a chance to sleep?”
Bennett: “You know, a few hours. Uh, not many, uh, I’ve been wondering, yes, no, not many, Michael.”
You don’t have to explain yourself, friend.
Bennett began his college career as an assistant before transferring to a junior college, then found his way back to Georgia and won a national championship. This is a Hollywood story. Who could blame the boy for going tough? (Also, Michael, could you dim the lights a bit and lower your energy from a nine to maybe a four? That would be great.)
Bennett was clearly on autopilot for the rest of the interview, but managed to get there on time and avoid swearing on ABC. That might be even more impressive than what he did against the Alabama defense.