ATLANTA - Across Metro Atlanta, more than 30 UGA Bulldogs spread cheer to patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Shepherd Center, visiting patients and families whose loved ones spent time at the hospital over the holidays.
"It was wonderful," said Brian Acevedo, a patient at CHOA who, according to his mother, just underwent his seventh heart surgery.
Brian and a number of the children and their families spent the evening playing games with a number of the players, signing posters and recording greetings for children who were not healthy enough to leave their hospital floor.
"They're super strong-- a lot stronger than we are, with all the stuff they've gone through and the surgeries they've had," said tight end Charlie Woerner.
The Bulldog tradition to visit the hospitals happens every other year, when the Bulldogs travel to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech.
Players also signed autographs and met the families of patients at the Shepherd Center.
"Every Saturday I've been here... we've watched every minute of every game," said lifelong UGA fan Joe Watkins, who called the chance to meet his players inspirational.
"We always look forward to this trip... being able to shine some light on peoples days, be a blessing to people," said outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter.