Photo: Georgia fan shares inspirational letter to 1980 team

Sep 10, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Natrez Patrick (6) runs through the Georgia banner on the field before the game against Nicholls State Colonels at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Nicholls State 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

There have been some special seasons of Georgia football over the past few decades, but 1980 is the last time the Bulldogs claimed a national championship. Fans who believe in curses will tell you it is because it was the last season which “The Railroad Track Crowd,” a particularly rowdy group of heavily intoxicated fans, was part of the Sanford Stadium gameday experience.

On Sunday, redditor BaldEagle88 shared a letter given to his uncle, a former UGA athletic trainer, about the 1980 season and drawing inspiration from The Railroad Track Crowd penned by legendary coach Erk Russell.

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The Railroad Track Crowd, also commonly referred to as “The Track People,” became no more once UGA closed off Sanford Stadium’s east end zone and added new levels. Prior to the renovation, fans could watch Georgia home games for free from the railroad tracks across the street from the stadium. In the 37 seasons since winning it all in 1980, Georgia has not made it back to the national championship game. Some fans blame the long drought on “The Curse of the Track People.”

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