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80-Year-Old Former Georgia Coach Vince Dooley Skydives for Charity

1988:  Coach Vince Dooley of the Georgia Bulldogs watches his players during a game. Mandatory Credit: Allen Dean Steele  /Allsport
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IJune 14, 2013

What does your grandfather do these days? He probably sits around, watches a little television and goes to bed before the sun goes down.

That isn't anything close to what Vince Dooley did for charity.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the former Georgia head coach and athletic director went skydiving to raise money for a group called ESP: Extra Special People that works with people who have disabilities.

There isn't a video of this, why?

Dooley's grandson, Matthew, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, also made the jump and was able to convince his father and grandfather to join him. Per the report, the trio raised $47,000 for the charity.

If that's all it takes, sign me up.

Dooley first skydived in 1992, but doing it now was a whole different ballgame at the tender age of 80. Matthew made the jump four times previously, and it didn't take much to convince his grandfather to take the leap, per the report.

"It kinds of pulls at your heart because he makes the statement that when he’s in the air, he said 'I’m just like everybody else,'" Dooley said. “So, you can’t say no.”

Skydiving generally isn't exactly high on the list for an elderly person, but Dooley isn't your ordinary guy. He coached 25 years for the Bulldogs and won six SEC championships. He mustered a 201–77–10 combined record and won a national title in 1980. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Dooley then became the athletic director from 1979 to 2004.

Although he will probably live a much calmer life from now on, Dooley did leave the door open for another jump, according to the report.

“I told him I wasn’t going to jump again until I was 90,” he said.

Next time, make sure you bring a video camera.


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