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Chipper Jones gives ultimate endorsement for Kirby Smart and Georgia

Chipper Jones gives a ringing endorsement of the job Kirby Smart is doing.

Dawg Nation and Braves Country largely overlap in Georgia.

Many Georgia football fans also love some Atlanta Braves baseball. In the state of Georgia, these are the two biggest athletics brands by a country mile. So it’s always cool when a Braves legend gives praise to someone well associated with Georgia athletics. That was the case on Sunday evening when Chipper Jones praised the job Kirby Smart is doing with the football team.

Over the weekend, a pair of Georgia football players in Latavious Brini and Jalen Kimber had their act of kindness at a local Subway establishment go viral. They offered to by a young girl a cookie so that she could be a paying customer and use the restroom. The mother of the child posted a message on Facebook Saturday that has since gone viral.

Jones saw the story from WSB-TV in Atlanta. He quote tweeted Sandra Golden of 680 The Fan’s post on the story, lauding nothing but praise of the Georgia football head coach. Here is what the first-ballot National Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman had to say about it.

“Kirby [is] not only getting them ready for the NFL, but teaching them how to be good, responsible men! I’d send my kids there. Kudos to the two young men. Well done!

Chipper Jones is a big fan of the men Kirby Smart has playing for him.

It isn’t just winning that has caught the attention of Jones down in Atlanta from what’s going on up in Athens. Georgia may be one of the five best programs in college football these days, but it’s the men of character Smart and his staff are grooming for their next stage of life is what’s really important here. If Jones would let one of his son’s play for Coach Smart, that speaks volumes.

Though Georgia has yet to win a national title since 1980, there is a growing sense Smart will be the guy who will buck that trend in the next five years or so. He is only entering his fifth year leading his alma mater’s football program. Georgia has won the SEC East three years in a row, played for a national title and made two Sugar Bowl appearances in only four seasons.

Smart has the winning mentality, the recruiting chops and and the moral fiber to be a champion.

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