When you think of sports and reality television colliding, it's typically professional sports making the waves.
Emmitt Smith, Jason Taylor and Hines Ward are just a few of the former NFL players who have competed on Dancing With The Stars, former pro baseball player Jose Canseco has appeared on The Apprentice and The Surreal Life, and former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens once had his own show on VH1 called The T.O. Show.
College sports made its presence felt this year on The Bachelorette, as former Georgia Bulldog Josh Murray was the last man standing, stealing the heart of former assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman.
Murray, who is a former minor league baseball player and the brother of former Bulldogs quarterback (and current Kansas City Chief) Aaron Murray, proposed to Dorfman after winning the season finale on Monday night, much to the delight of his former coach, Mark Richt.
"I was actually at one of my friends, Chris Davis', wedding recently, and Coach Richt was there, and we talked about my journey thus far," Murray said. "I wasn't able to give out a lot of details, but he told me he was watching and praying for me. I know a lot of the Georgia guys were as well."
They were, in droves.
Murray hadn't had time to run through all of his messages as of Tuesday morning but expects there to be plenty of former and current Bulldogs analyzing his performance in the finale.
"There are so many 'congrats' and so many friends that have been congratulating me, and I really need to get back to them," Murray said. "I really don't know who's been texting me because my phone has been dead [since the finale aired]."
He may not have checked his messages from his former teammates, but there are plenty out there on social media.
Former teammate and linebacker, and current Georgia graduate assistant coach, Christian Robinson shared the big moment with the happy couple from what appears to be his office at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.
So glad I got to share this moment with you guys 😂 pic.twitter.com/mEX4hOhJKx— Christian Robinson (@crob45) July 29, 2014
He is making plans for the wedding, which Murray suggested on ABC's broadcast should be sometime next spring.
I'm going to dance my tail off at this wedding.— Christian Robinson (@crob45) July 29, 2014
Will he bring a date? Josh's brother, Aaron, suggested that may not be the best idea in the world.
Former tight end Arthur Lynch was impressed with the intensity of Dorfman's pre-rose ceremony breakup with Nick, the other finalist from the finale.
Former cornerbacks Blake Sailors and Chad Gloer were pleased with Murray's win as well as Richt's reaction to it.
Murray wasn't technically a teammate with current offensive lineman Watts Dantzler, but he is a Twitter superstar. The senior wondered how all of the contestants get from point A to point B, and he also made a prediction on which former SEC player will be next in line to join the show.
The Bachelorette must have used a lot of Uber rides— Watts Dantzler (@wattsdantzler) July 29, 2014
As for what it means for Georgia, my B/R colleague Ben Kercheval has an opinion.
THIS TOTALLY MAKES UP FOR THE SEC TITLE AGAINST BAMA— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) July 29, 2014
It also means the Bulldogs win a national title, of sorts.
BREAKING: Georgia claims 2014 #TheBachelorette national title.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 29, 2014
USA Today's Nicole Auerbach wonders if other SEC institutions will claim it as their own.
I am surprised and also completely not surprised that the SEC has claimed the Bachelorette title.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 29, 2014
Even Georgia's rivals were happy, including Florida wide receiver Raphael Andrades.
The Bachelorette united Bulldog Nation and the SEC this summer, and it culminated in one of their own claiming one of reality television's biggest honors.
Nothing like a little "midsummer national title" to hold us over until football season.
Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.
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