I attended Georgia State, I’m excited by the work being done there. The difference is that there is a university president eager to see this happen. GSU has Reeves: any chance of someone like Mike Minter being brought on board for the Charlotte Football Initiative?
Reeves Dinner Builds Momentum Courtesy: Charlie Taylor/Sports Communications
As the featured speaker on Friday night, Oct. 26 at the Atlanta Hilton downtown, Dan Reeves delivered an entertaining and enlightening speech. But, he left the $100 a plate dinner crowd excited when he turned back the clock to his high school cheer for the Americus Panthers to keep the enthusiasm growing for Georgia State football.
Reeves turned the clock backward to swing the momentum forward with his old cheer. “P-A-N, P-A-N, P-A-N-T, H-E-R, H-E-R, H-E-R-S…That’s how you spell it, Here’s how you yell it. Panthers, Panthers, Panthers!” Then, he repeated it and led the audience in a rousing rendition to cap the evening.
Hired as Georgia State’s football consultant a little over six months ago, NFL football legend Reeves has helped spearhead the fund-raising drive to bring football to the state’s second largest university. The native Georgian recanted some of the stories from his illustrious life that included his memories of the famous Ice Bowl played in sub-zero temperatures for the NFC Championship in Green Bay to his trips to Viet Nam to meet the US troops. And, then he turned to what the long-term benefits of Georgia State having a football team are and how positive and near-unanimous the support and interest have been everywhere he’s been.
President Dr. Carl Patton and Director of Athletics Mary McElroy also spoke to the more than 100 generous donors. They pointed out that the student body committee had just passed a student fee increase that will move on up the chain of command in hopes of passing. That would bring around $5 million to the football drive that had already surpassed $1.15 million in individual pledges.
Among the audience was a table from the Atlanta Falcons that included legendary star Tommy Nobis, the first draft pick in the franchise history, and recent running back Ken Oxendine, a Virginia Tech star who played on the Falcons 1998 Super Bowl team. Veteran Voice of the Panthers, Dave Cohen, served as emcee.
Patrons who won the raffle left the dinner with mini Panthers football helmets, while the bigger auction items were displayed and opened for bids. Click on the link above or visit the front page of the web site for those items that include a Roger Staubach signed jersey, a Tommy Nobis signed jersey and a Dan Reeves signed mock-up of a Panthers helmet. With this not being the official helmet, it would be a rare collectible in the history of Georgia State football.