The History of Hairy Dawg

Hairy Dawg is currently one of the most recognizable college football mascots in the country. He made his first Georgia Football appearance during the 1981 Sugar Bowl for the 1980 National Championship Game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Coach Vince Dooley saw sketches of Hairy, presented by the designer, Tom Sapp. He liked the sketches and wanted the new mascot to make his first appearance at the Sugar Bowl game. “It was designed to be a more intimidating look than our previous mascot” he said.

Tom got to work right away and created the new mascot in a short three weeks, cutting and stitching the costume himself. UGA student Stan Beecham wore the first Hairy Dawg costume. Hairy was a big hit among Bulldog fans! The Bulldogs went on to beat the Irish 17-10 to became the 1980 national football champions.

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Hairy Dawg

Hairy Dawg. Photo Credit: Wingate Downs

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