“If he did that outside the football field, he’d have been in jail for three years.”

Aaron Murray doesn’t care for Nick Fairley’s thuggery in the 2011 2010 game.

… That was actually the first time in my life I was like ‘I don’t know if I want to play football anymore.’ I’m not kidding either,” Murray recalled. “I was on the sideline, and I had six stitches; my jersey’s covered in blood; I had a fractured sternum and can’t feel the left side of my body. I got whiplash in my neck, and I can’t really move my neck. I was like ‘Is this really worth it? It’s my freshman year, I can quit now and save myself a lot of punishment.’

“I had to sit up sleeping the next two weeks. I couldn’t even lay down. It was tough.”

The most disgusting part of that was watching Trooper Taylor and his towel-waving celebration of Fairley’s behavior.  But the refs deserve the bulk of the blame for letting things get to the point where Georgia’s linemen felt the need to retaliate.  And retaliate Ben Jones did.

“Ben Jones ripped the dreads off the middle linebacker’s head. … I’m in the huddle and have a fractured sternum (from Fairley’s hit), Ben hands me the dreads in the middle of the huddle. I’m like, ‘Ben, what do you want me to do with these?’ I have to call a play in like 10 seconds. So, he sticks them in his pants, and then, at his house in Athens, he attached it to the ceiling fan,” Murray told the show.

I wonder if Ben still has them.  He’s the kind who might.

(h/t Classic City Canine)

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50 responses to ““If he did that outside the football field, he’d have been in jail for three years.”

  1. Granthams replacement

    It was the 2010 game. 2011 was a much better one to watch.

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  2. Brandon

    Ben Jones = DGD.

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    • 81Dog

      Ben Jones should have been one of William Wallace’s trusted lieutenants in Braveheart.

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      • Mike Cooley

        I loved me some Ben Jones. That was one big old mean nasty country boy. Would love to him playing with out current bunch. I don’t care for Auburn.

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  3. I have Auburn friends who say I need to drop it about 2010. The next time I hear that I’ll remember to send them this.

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    • Me too. Well, I’m not getting over it. That game really put a rift between UGA fans and Auburn fans. Now after that and the Cam Newton sleaziness, let the beatdowns continue.

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      • It was a brother vs. brother rivalry before that. They have always been #3 for me out of the Big 3, but I want us to destroy them every year now.

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        • Derek

          Where were you for the hoses?

          Fuck Auburn! Always and forever.

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        • Jeff Sanchez

          Exact same here.

          What riles me most is the fans’ refusal to have the decency to feel shame about it. They don’t. They still joke about Fairley on College and Magnolia and their message boards

          Eff that dirty-ass, cheating, low-rent progra

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          • Mike Cooley

            You’re right. They loved it and still do. I know an Auburn guy that I now refuse to talk about football with since that game. I also had to block him on Facebook because he was beside himself with glee after Alabama, yes Alabama, beat us in the NC. He would rather Alabama win than us. Did I mention I don’t care for Auburn?

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          • Macallanlover

            Amen, that was the day when the sleazy AU program showed their true colors. It doesn’t matter that the SEC abandoned their role by not kicking Fairy out of the game, nor banning him from playing afterwards, the coaches/AD/fans all endorsed this thuggery by how they reacted. At that point, the Barn went below FU, TN and,even ohio on that day.

            Nothing will ever happen bad enough to them for me to have any sympathy for them. They have always been the dirtiest SEC program when it comes to cheating, but I had never seen the depth of their lack of decency and integrity. Wish they would leave the conference, a total embarrassment.

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    • Doug

      I was seething after that game too, but I haven’t held on to my grudge as long as I thought I was going to. Not sure why, but it might have something to do with Auburn being 2–7 against UGA since then (with one of those wins coming on a thousand-to-one fluke play and the other being avenged less than a month later in the SECCG).

      Now it’s Auburn people bitching and whining on Twitter about how they’ve lost all respect for Dawg fans. As if losing the respect of a Barner is something that should be keeping me up at night.

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  4. Spike

    Fairly should have been arrested for that behavior. After that and with Taylor acting like the asshole he is, we should never show The Barn any mercy again.

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    • We showed them mercy the next 2 years by only beating Cheat-zik by 38 per year. Richt could have beaten Auburn by 50 both years (I’m sure Murray would have loved to have done that). One good thing to say about Towel Boy is that he left the 1st strong defense on the field to shut them out in 2012 in J-H.

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  5. Got Cowdog

    Ben Jones is my kind of Dawg. Too bad it was only dred’s and not a testicle.
    @ Spike: If we can hang 75 points on them we should. And when you see Chizik blathering on the SEC network, remember that not only did he play for uf he condoned that shit while coaching at auburn.
    Scorched earth and leave the starters in until they start the running clock, Kirby….

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  6. ugafidelis

    That was the game that changed the way I (and probably most of Dawgnation) lost ant respect I had for Auburn as a program. A Tiger buddy of mine posted something about what a great win it was. I replied with ‘yep it was a clean, classy win.’ He sent me a long whiny response that I ignored. Aaron Murray will forever be a DGD for all of the illegal beatings he took.

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  7. Ben and Ealey I think went after Farley at the end of the game.

    That was more of the ridiculously officiated games the SEC ever had. And it was really an instance of Richt’s passiveness letting things go too far. Any other coach would have blown a gasket, personal fouls be damned to make a point to the officials.

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    • Derek

      What did SOS do to stop it when FSU turned Wuerffel into ground chuck?

      Not a damn thing. He bitched after it was over that’s for sure.

      CMR told the refs what they were asking for and angrily told them, in essence, “I told you so” after it exploded.

      What else could he do that wouldn’t get him fired or suspended?

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      • Greg

        Concur….if you are gonna blame anyone, blame the refs for allowing it.

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      • Union Jack

        AND SOS got the last laugh when they met for the NC in the Sugar Bowl because he worked the refs for a month in December …. FSU wasn’t going to get away with anything in the Sugar Bowl.

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    • Richt should have turned Josh Murray on Fairley. He might have gotten beat up, but Fairley would have had some scars. I’m almost surprised big brother didn’t go after him after the game.

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      • Normaltown Mike

        I seem to recall hearing that people were holding him on the sidelines to prevent just that (as it would certainly lead to a bench clearing brawl if a walk-on runs out there to deck Nick).

        You’re right that he prolly wouldn’t be able to take Nick out but I suspect he’d put aside all fear of consequences to take his shots

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        • MDDawg

          If you watch the replay of the game, you can see Josh Murray shouting from the sidelines after one particularly vicious hit on Aaron. I remember it because it confused the hell out of me at the time. I didn’t know that Aaron Murray had a brother, much less a brother who was also on the team, and when the camera showed Aaron’s doppelganger on the sideline while Aaron was still laying on the field I did a double-take. Now all these years later it makes sense.

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  8. Castleberry

    Between the cheap shots he took in that game in the SEC championship, Aaron deserves a statue somewhere on campus. I always wondered if those officials saw their kid getting hit that way if they would’ve kept a flag in their pocket or ejected fairly.

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  9. stoopnagle

    I like trucks.

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  10. F250Dawg

    Avoid the rush – Hate Auburn now ! #FTMF

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  11. Go Dawgs!

    That game was the day it stopped being a friendly, happy rivalry for me. I grew up in Columbus and half of my high school friends went on to Auburn and half of us went on to Georgia. After that game, one of the Auburn friends called me to gloat as I was still walking up Wire Road in Auburn and she was making cracks about us having to carry our quarterback off, and I said, “congratulations on the win, but if you think that it’s good and funny that you had a player consistently cheap shotting our quarterback all night long then I’ve lost all respect for you and for Auburn.”

    The Junior Rosegreen hit on Reggie Brown in 2004 really stuck with me, too, the way their entire stadium was cheering and rolling as Reggie laid on the ground face down and possibly dead for all they knew. But after that display in 2010… Auburn can burn as far as I’m concerned, and I’d sit on the highest hill in Opellika and watch and laugh.

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    • Macallanlover

      Great comment, your words reflect how most of us have felt since that game. I have pretty much stepped back from the Auburn friends I have that weren’t disgusted by that display of dirty, unacceptable football. Not uncivil, I still speak, but I don’t really have time for people like that in my life, so we don’t “talk”. Would be impossible to remain civil to anyone who condoned that in their program. I would never do that if UGA sunk to that level.

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  12. Tatum

    For Auburn fans, trees > humans.

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  13. Mike Cooley

    Because of all the things mentioned here that loss to them in ’17 nearly gave me a stroke. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And to them? And the behavior of their fans made my stomach churn. Auburn fans are the worst. The only thing I don’t get is why so many here refer to their fans as “rednecks”. Apparently a bunch of you have never been around any rednecks. Because every Auburn fan I know is the same. The middle aged frat boy type. To me that’s a lot worse. Since 2010 I hate them even more than the gogatuh.

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  14. 86BONE

    I wouldn’t pull for those bastards if they were playing the University of Baghdad

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  15. Comin' Down The Track

    My Mom was eight months pregnant with me when I attended my first Barn game. I’ve hated them since literally before I was born. This whole “friendly rivalry” nonsense has always gotten on my tits. If it wasn’t for the nerds they’d be #1 on the list. Get your minds right, people.

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  16. Gene Simmons

    I watch the “lowlights” from that game every year before we play AU just to remind myself how much I hate those dirty bastards.
    Auburna Delenda Est!

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  17. Derek

    I hate Harvey Updike, Jr.

    For 30 seconds I felt bad for Auburn.

    I’ll never get that 30 seconds back.

    Fuck that guy!

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  18. Milledge Hall

    Dick Fairley’s lowlights that night is why I refer to that hellhole as…
    The East Alabama Reform School
    Acronym= EARS

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  19. Bigshot

    The dirtiest program in CBF. Don’t give me this crap about UGA and AU being like brothers. I can’t stand them!!!!!!!!

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  20. Mayor

    Ben Jones ripped the dreads off the wrong guy.

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