By Sydney Gibbs
The Georgia fanbase held a “pink out” in honor of Wendy Anderson, wife of Arkansas State’s head coach Blake Anderson. Mrs. Anderson lost her fight to breast cancer on Aug. 19 after fighting the battle since 2017.
The Bulldogs demonstrated that the game of football is more than just a game. It’s about unity and as both teams gathered in Sanford Stadium for the third week of the college football season, there was no tension. There was no hate —- only support.
“(Blake Anderson) is a great person and I have a lot of respect for him. He’s such a wonderful person. I can’t imagine what he’s been through. Our fans showed up and showed out. It was a great turnout, and I’m so proud that they embraced a program that has been through some tough times,” Georgia’s Head coach Kirby Smart said.
Out of a crowd of almost 93 thousand at least one third of those fans were dressed in pink attire.
Even the ‘Spike Squad’ took it to the next level by painting “REMEMBER WENDY” on their backs.
Blake Anderson is nothing but thankful for all the outpouring love and support he’s gotten from both fanbases and it’s admirable to see him stand so tall and strong through this difficult time.
“Publicly, I would like to say “thank you” for all who showed up today wearing pink or thinking pink. Those people didn’t know my wife, and they don’t know me. They didn’t have to do it, and I’m very grateful, honored and honestly overwhelmed.” Anderson said.
Arkansas State players recognized the mixture of pink and red that flooded Sanford Stadium and senior safety, B.J. Edmonds was defeated with astonishment as him and his teammates ran out of the tunnel before the game.
“It was amazing. Coach A talked about it before in our team meeting and I thought it was awesome of the Georgia fans to do that for us, Mama Wendy and Coach Anderson. We definitely felt that presence today.” said Edmonds.
Even though the game outcome wasn’t what Arkansas State expected, it definitely will not be one to forget.