Stetson Bennett, Georgia set a new standard in the College Football Playoff

With the obliteration of TCU long over and the postgame press conference concluded, Stetson Bennett was standing in one end zone of SoFi Stadium waiting to do a live interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt. Still in uniform, he had a Coke in his hand—with the promise of harder stuff to come later. A family friend had again brought a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon on the road trip in hopes of reprising last year’s national championship celebration.

The quiet moment presented an opportunity to ask one last question of the Georgia quarterback.

I wanted to know about a crooked index-finger hand signal I saw him give while posing for a postgame picture taken by Bulldogs sports communications staffer Leland Barrow, who has spent much of the past two years shepherding Bennett through an endless succession of interviews as his fame grew. The finger symbol was for a Georgia honor society, Bennett explained, then asked for my notepad.


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