Mark Richt probably faced more than his fair share of criticism when he was Georgia’s head football coach. That certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday.

Richt’s career was celebrated during a halftime ceremony as the Bulldogs hosted Missouri. Georgia won 43-6 over Missouri. However, the most poignant moment of that game occurred when Richt was cheered on by the very fans that once wanted him fired.

It’s hard to argue with Georgia’s decision to fire Richt after 15 seasons. Despite 145 wins, Richt never could win the national title that Bulldog fans coveted. Richt was replaced by Kirby Smart who has turned Georgia into an annual championship contender. Georgia is currently No. 1 in the nation.

Richt shared on social media what the Redcoat Band honor meant to him, as he said it was “humbling” and he appreciated the Georgia people who blessed him and his family on Saturday.

Richt coached 3 seasons at his alma mater, Miami, after Georgia fired him in 2015.