Amidst the blur of accusations thrown at the University of Georgia and their football players’ credibility over the past couple of months, therein remains the standard that each one of those young men hopes to carry on. Javon Bullard is one of those young men.
The college experience is all about growth. Just because he’s a marquee SEC talent on a premier collge football team doesn’t mean that changes for the likes of Peach Bowl and CFP National Championship Defensive MVP, Javon Bullard. Coach Kirby Smart prides himself in helping these young men grow to be premier leaders both on and off the field, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen from Bullard in his time at UGA.
Blooming into his role at the STAR position on defense in only his second year on the team was an impressive feat to say the least especially given the starter in the National Championship game prior to his breakout season was redshirt senior, William Poole. As a sophomore he started ten games, played in 14, and was the fifth highest tackler on the team. But still, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for this guy.
Back in September of 2022, Bullard was arrested and faced a DUI charge, where he faced what appeared to be a single game suspension against the Missouri Tigers. But after that, Bullard came back better than ever. From that point onward he really began his hard-hitting, skull crushing sophomore campaign. He eventually earned Defensive MVP honors in both the CFP Semifinal game versus Ohio State and the CFP National Championship game versus Texas Christian University in the same season. All while repping the G to the fullest.
In his interview yesterday he said,
“This G is darn near just as important as your last name.”
Now that’s the kind of stuff you want to hear out of your star defensive back. That’s the kind of stuff you should expect from a player who’s had the opportunity to learn and grow from this football program.
Javon Bullard started his career on the lower end of UGA’s 2021 recruiting class when it comes to the DB’s Kirby and Co. were going after, but none of it ever mattered. He’s done just as much as your average five-star, and he’s going to continue to contribute to this team both on and off the field.
Now entering his third and what could be his final year with the Dawgs, Javon is the vet. He’s the guy that’s been around the block and back. He’s going to be a leader for the defense- for the whole team really. And the fact of the matter is he is more than ready to take on that challenge.
Being a great football player is one thing. Growing into a great man is another. Somehow Javon Bullard has managed to do both. Bullard is a Bulldawg through and through. His story is something to take notice of, and it all starts with one thing: the G.