DGD passes.

Bill Stanfill, RIP.

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UPDATE:

Gotta appreciate a funeral with a red-and-blackout.

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  1. Granite-Dawg

    One of the absolute greatest to play in Athens. Had a chance to meet him a few years back when he visited the Granite Bowl to watch one of his grandsons play. He let me put on his super bowl ring from 1972. I asked him did he like Spurrier, he said hell no! If I had the chance to break his leg again I would.
    He also said they had sat him beside Spurrier at the college football hall of fame cerimony recently and they didn’t speak a word to each other. He said ” Spurrier is still a prick “.
    I don’t get star struck often. But I was that day. I was definitely in the presence of greatness.
    RIP Mr. Stanfill DGD!!

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  2. JG Shellnutt

    And a chill went up the back of SOS…

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  3. Definition of DGD – likely one of the members of Bulldog (and Dolphin) Mount Rushmore.

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  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    And, if I may, RIP Lenny Cohen

    From “Songs for Love and Hate: Avalanche

    Well I stepped into an avalanche,
    it covered up my soul;
    when I am not this hunchback that you see,
    I sleep beneath the golden hill.
    You who wish to conquer pain,
    you must learn, learn to serve me well.

    You strike my side by accident
    as you go down for your gold.
    The cripple here that you clothe and feed
    is neither starved nor cold;
    he does not ask for your company,
    not at the centre, the centre of the world.

    When I am on a pedestal,
    you did not raise me there.
    Your laws do not compel me
    to kneel grotesque and bare.
    I myself am the pedestal
    for this ugly hump at which you stare.

    You who wish to conquer pain,
    you must learn what makes me kind;
    the crumbs of love that you offer me,
    they’re the crumbs I’ve left behind.
    Your pain is no credential here,
    it’s just the shadow, shadow of my wound.

    I have begun to long for you,
    I who have no greed;
    I have begun to ask for you,
    I who have no need.
    You say you’ve gone away from me,
    but I can feel you when you breathe.

    Do not dress in those rags for me,
    I know you are not poor;
    you don’t love me quite so fiercely now
    when you know that you are not sure,
    it is your turn, beloved,
    it is your flesh that I wear.

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  5. Idlewild Dawg

    DGD indeed. RIP. Berry Oakley, 11-11-72. RIP brother. Let’s GATA this Saturday.

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  6. lakedawg

    Remember well those years he wrecked the gayturds in Jax.

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  7. Spike

    I saw him play with the Dolphins back in the day at the Orange Bowl, including the undefeated season. Great memories of those days. RIP DGD.

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  8. AthensHomerDawg

    Finally Spur dog can leave the night light off and put that teddy bear away —the Cairo Syrup maker has left this earthly plain.

    “Stanfill recalled one humorous incident when he was at Georgia, concerning Scott, somewhat of a maverick who truly walked to his own beat, both in his Bulldogs and Dolphins’ careers. It was when Scott rode his motorcycle over the top of Georgia’s basketball facility, then four-year-old Stegeman Coliseum. Up one of the wide beams of the coliseum roof Scott sped then, after reaching the top, roared down the other side.

    “Jake always said it wasn’t bad going up,” chuckled Stanfill, “but that it got pretty hairy coming down.”

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  9. TXBaller

    One of the GREATEST Dogs ever!!!

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  10. Macallanlover

    My first game in HS was a road trip to Cairo during Stanfill’s senior season. He wreaked havoc all night long, man among boys, and ended the football career of one of our kick returners with a significant concussion. His play was outstanding at the next two levels as well. RIP sir, your work here is done.

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  11. My time as a student at Ga. matched that of Bill, He was a big man for that time and was a hell of a football player. There is a picture of him in the 66 Pandora that shows him manhandling a running back that says it all. RIP. Bill, thanks for the memories.

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    • AutomaticDawg

      He gave one of my all-time favorite quotes when describing how various farming tasks he had to perform as a boy prepared him for football: “Holding pigs for my dad to castrate was quite a challenge. I can’t say that helped prepare me for football, but it sure did remind me an awful lot of sacking Steve Spurrier.”

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  12. JN

    I played ball with Bill’s son growing up from 10 years old all the way through high school. Coach Bill, as we called him, was usually one of the asst. coaches in little league. I can’t hear his name without thinking about the stories he used to tell us (in the mid-90’s while UF was in the midst of their dominance over UGA) about Spurrier moaning like a woman at the bottom of the pile when they’d sack him.

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  13. Russ

    Damn. Just damn.

    RIP Bill. You were one of my first Bulldog heros.

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  14. CannonDawg

    I was fortunate to be a UGA classmate of Bill’s and had a chance to get to know him. When he asked for (well, demanded) a cigarette from me one day after class, I grinned and liked him all the more. He was a regular guy. He and his close friend and roommate Jake Scott were two of the most impactful players in Georgia football history, and two of the most decorated. And it continued on into the NFL. Both are in the CFHOF, and both have been honored by the Dolphins. Except for the ’66 season and the Fla game (Scott was ineligible that year), it’s hard to think of one without the other.

    RIP, #77. A DGD if ever there was one.

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  15. Cojones

    The stories here are wonderful and add to memories of Stanfill (and Scott) while I attended UGA. Like CannonDawg, I attended UGA when Stanfill was there and there never was anything unexciting about his play. It seemed that he was all over the field and wore the Dawg label with ultimate pride.

    One of the quotes above from Ray Graves, the FU Coach, referred to Stanfill’s uncertainty for the big game with undefeated FU and Heisman candidate Spurrier, due to a pinched nerve in his neck. He was given a local shot before the game and proceeded to sack Spurrier three (?) times in FU’s only loss for the year.

    A good ole South Georgia boy will be laid to rest with the accolades of UGA alums and of those who knew him as a country boy who went up to Athens and made us proud. Something is missing from my life today and we join his family in mourning.

    We will remember him well for his exploits and hope that today’s players get more than a glimpse of his UGA heritage before entering this Saturday’s game with Auburn.

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  16. doofusdawg

    I would run into Bill often in the Tate Center before our home games… finding a chair and watching the other games prior to our game. Bill, like myself attended most games by himself in later years and took advantage of all the activities of a Saturday in Athens … attending the dawg walk and getting into the stadium early to take everything in. I highly doubt he ever left early.

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  17. I guess Spurrier can finally get a full nights sleep now…………….
    RIP Mr. Stanfill, thanks for terrorizing SOS

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  18. Shane#1

    The first time I met Bill he was sitting behind this huge desk and I thought “hes not that big.” Then he started to get up, and kept getting up,and kept getting up. I have big hands, but when we shook hands his fingers wrapped all the way around my hand. Bill was a gentleman at heart and very devoted to his mom who died of dementia. He would visit her at the home from time to time and would bring her a slice of cake, which he would feed to her. I haven’t seen Bill in years, but I will miss him just knowing he’s not there. Bill and a fellow agent went to look at a quail plantation that had just come on the market and the guy managed to put a rubber cottonmouth where Bill was about to walk.Bill was deathly afraid of snakes. Well the guy fooled Bill completely, but he told me that the worst thing was that he couldn’t laugh. They were in the middle of nowhere and no one knew they were there. The guy said that “Bill could have killed me with his bare hands a left me in the woods.” I don’t think he ever told Bill that the snake was a fake or let him in on the joke.

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