Georgians react to death of beloved football coach Vince Dooley

ATHENS, Ga. — Legendary University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley died Friday at age 90.

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As soon as the news broke, tributes began pouring in for Dooley on social media.

Here’s how people are remembering him:

Coach Kirby Smart:

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp:


“Marty, the girls, and I are truly heartbroken by the passing of Coach Vince Dooley. Like most Georgians, especially those who attended our state’s flagship university, we were monumentally impacted by this legendary man, proud husband, loving father, and cherished friend. Not only will that impact continue to be felt by countless Georgia students and fans, it will also live on in our family that was profoundly influenced and made better by having personally known this man of greatness.

“Throughout his years on and off the field, he inspired players and all those who knew him to be better, stronger, and more accomplished versions of themselves. His character and work ethic not only ensured the Georgia Bulldogs met with success, they also ensured he would be a fixture in the hearts and memories of the entire Dawg Nation that we mourn with today.

“During this time of remembrance and grieving, we are praying for Barbara, their children – Deanna, Daniel, Denise, and Derek – and the entire Dooley family. May memories of this revered Georgian bring them comfort as we honor his life and enduring legacy.

“Coach Dooley was truly a Damn Good Dawg!”

Football Coach Mark Richt:

“Sorry to hear the news of coach Dooleys passing. Obviously one of the greatest coaches of all time. But also the man who hired me and mentored me in my first head coaching opportunity at Georgia. I owe a lot to Coach. May God bless Barbara and the rest of the Dooley family!”

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr:

Vince Dooley was an icon. As a kid, I revered him as the legendary coach for the Dawgs. As an adult, I was fortunate to get to know him as a true gentleman who loved the University of Georgia and our state. He will be missed, and Joan and I offer our deepest sympathies to Barbara and the entire Dooley family.”

Herschel Walker:

“My heart breaks at Coach Vince Dooley’s passing. Coach Dooley was like a second father to me and his family became my family. Coach put his trust in me and I put my trust in him. He taught me about the values of hard work and perseverance. There is no one who loved America more than Coach Dooley, and he proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Without Coach Dooley, there is no Herschel Walker. He helped make me the man I am today and I will never be able to thank him enough for everything he did for me. Julie and I are praying for Barbara Dooley and Coach’s entire family during this difficult time.

Atlanta Braves:

Mecole Hardman Jr.: