Stetson Bennett receives hero's welcome, key to the city
Stetson Bennett continued his national championship celebration on Sunday with a return visit to his hometown of Blackshear, Georgia to receive the key to the city.
With a hero’s welcome, Bennett was the featured celebrity at a parade in the small South Georgia town, where he grew up, and previously spoke about its homegrown values.
Blackshear usually has 2 parades a year, both tied to the local schools, the AJC reported. It added an extra for 2022, honoring Bennett 20 days after his Bulldogs earned their first title in 41 years — and less than 2 weeks after Bennett announced he’d stay at Georgia for his super senior season.
“I think it’s the best job in the world,” Bennett said of being Georgia’s quarterback.
It must be a pretty good job to be a local hero to bring a national championship back to Bennett’s home state and a town like Blackshear.
The key to the city was created by students at the high school. The Savannah Quarterback Club named Bennett its collegiate football player of the year and presented him with a custom designed hat, which showed his name and scores of each Bulldogs victory this past season, along with a hangable display of photos from the championship game (“y’all got me crying,” Bennett said of one image displaying his emotions following the contest).
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