The Macon Telegraph

When the University of Georgia fired  Mark Richt, Southern football player Devon Gales, who formed a relationship with the former coach after suffering a traumatic spinal injury, expressed his disappointment with the news.

“I am saddened to hear about Coach Richt’s firing. He is a wonderful coach, mentor, and man of God. He and the staff understand that football is about more than just winning, it’s about shaping, molding and influencing the lives of young men. Because of that, Coach Richt, Coach Gantt, Coach Schottenheimer and all their staff are the biggest winners,” Gales said.

Gales and Richt developed a strong relationship after the junior sustained a neck injury during a game against Georgia on Sept.27.

Richt visited the junior in the hospital and implored those associated with the Georgia football program to donate money to help pay for Gales’ medical expenses.

“Success isn’t about winning, it’s about changing the lives of young people. Building character, confidence, & rearing men, that’s who Coach Richt is,” Gales said. “When I think about this news and that the decision is based upon win/lose, I’m amused because winning doesn’t mean as much to me anymore. I define winning now as success and success is strength of character, commitment, support, and fearlessness.”


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