Key staffer announces he's leaving Georgia
Georgia’s Assistant Director of Player Development Fernando Velasco announced Thursday night that he was leaving the program.
The Wrens, Georgia, native was a two-year starter at guard and center for the Bulldogs from 2003-2006, and he was ranked by Rivals.com among the 75 best offensive tackles in the nation exiting high school. After going undrafted out of college, Velasco signed with the Tennessee Titans and remained there from 2008-12. Following his stint with the Titans, Velasco also played for the Steelers, Panthers and Bills.
Velasco returned to Georgia to join Kirby Smart’s staff in 2017 as the player relations coordinator.
“Basically what the job entails is coaching life,” Velasco told the Augusta Chronicle upon being hired. “That’s kind of what my wife and I have always done with our foundation (Right C.h.o.i.c.e.s Foundation). I’m not doing anything X’s and O’s. Kirby has a lot smarter guys on his staff than me.
“Coming out of high school I thought I wanted to coach but once I got into it in college and playing in the NFL, I realized very quickly that coaching wasn’t the route I wanted to go into and I wanted to be in this type of role where you’re just doing life coaching and not necessarily football coaching.”
You can view Velasco’s announcement below: