Georgia Bulldog Nation is in mourning as their beloved mascot, Uga VI has died of congestive heart failure. Athens, GA is a little sadder today with Uga’s passing; however, there is comfort in knowing that he is in doggy heaven. There is something truly different and special when a college mascot is an actual animal rather than an individual in a costume. Uga’s have been a fixture at the University of Georgia since 1956.
“He was a good one,” Seiler said in a prepared statement. “What can I say? He had a marvelous record. He was a very strong and healthy dog. He was the biggest of all the dogs, and he had the biggest heart. It just played out.”
Georgia President Dr. Michael F. Adams said. “He was a true symbol of the toughness and competitiveness of our athletic teams, and was a rallying figure for the entire Bulldog Nation. We extend sympathy to the Seilers for the loss of a dear family pet and a great campus mascot who will be missed and remembered by UGA alumni and friends everywhere.”
Not only was Uga VI truly beloved, the 9 year old English Bulldog was the winningest mascot in UGA Football history with a 77–24–4 record, 2 SEC Championship and 6 bowl game victories.
UGA president Michael F. Adams said in a statement that Uga VI will be “missed and remembered by UGA alumni and friends everywhere.”
During his reign as mascot, the UGA football team compiled a record of 87 wins and 27 losses, captured the 2002 and 2005 SEC championships, and won seven of nine bowl games, surpassing Uga IV’s record of 77-24-4.
Uga VI, not just a mascot … but a true icon
The University of Georgia bulldog was not just any typical mascot. UGA VI was the only college mascot ever to land on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Lets take a walk down memory lane of Uga’s past from Uga I to the dearly departed Uga VI.