It seems safe to say that Stetson Bennett would have preferred an interview on “Good Afternoon America.”
The Georgia quarterback got some revenge against Alabama on Monday night, leading the Bulldogs to a 33-18 win and the College Football Playoff national championship only a month removed from a loss to the Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game. After turning the ball over in the fourth quarter on a controversial fumble call, Bennett stepped up on the big stage with two touchdown passes in the final frame to help Georgia capture its first national title since 1980.
When Bulldogs defensive back Kelee Ringo picked off a pass from Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young to seal the victory, Bennett could be seen crying tears of joy on the sideline. Those tears eventually gave way to smiles, shouts and celebrations as Georgia collected its trophy.
And then, what probably felt like a very short time later for Bennett, he had to make an appearance on “Good Morning America.” The 23-year-old had the instantly recognizable look of any college student who had been partying all night only to realize that the intro to sociology class the next morning hadn’t been canceled.
Bennett’s opening exchange with Michael Strahan told the audience everything that it needed to know.
Strahan: “How are you feeling this morning after that incredible performance last night? Have you had a chance to get any sleep?”
Bennett: “You know, a few hours. Uh, not many, uh, been wondering about — yeah, no, not many, Michael.”
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No need to explain yourself, buddy.
Bennett began his collegiate career as a walk-on before transferring to a junior college, then found his way back to Georgia and won a national championship. This is a Hollywood story. Who could blame the guy for going hard? (Also, Michael, could you dim the lights a bit and take your energy down from a nine to maybe a four? That would be great.)
Bennett was clearly on autopilot for the rest of the interview, but he did manage to show up on time and avoid cursing on ABC. That might be even more impressive than what he did against Alabama’s defense.