Win or lose, it’s all about family for Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, “I want to be remembered for being a great husband and father a lot more than I do a coach.”

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Win or lose, it’s all about family for Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, “I want to be remembered for being a great husband and father a lot more than I do a coach.”

Kirby Smart with wife Mary Beth after the Bulldogs defeat the Volunteers 43-14 in Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN on Saturday, October 5, 2019
Kirby Smart with wife Mary Beth after the Bulldogs defeat the Volunteers 43-14 in Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN on Saturday, October 5, 2019

While college football head coaches of major programs are paid millions of dollars are expected to win games and fill the respective cases of their schools with conference championship and for those rare few, national championship trophies, the game of football and being a part of a team is more than just winning and losing. For Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, it’s all about family.

“That’s what it’s all about. Other than the relationship with the players and the coaches on the staff, that’s why I do this,” said Coach Smart during Tuesday’s post-practice press conference. “I do it for my kids and for my wife. I spend a lot of time away from them so when I get to see them after a game, win or lose, it brings everything back into perspective.”

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart talks about celebrating with his family after Bulldog victories during Tuesday’s post-practice press conference, November 12, 2019.

“So much is put on winning and losing. Everything matters if you win and everything is terrible if you lose, but then you see your kids and your wife and that’s not what’s important,” added Kirby. “I think people lose sight of that a lot of times and that keeps things in perspective for me. I want to be remembered for being a great husband and father a lot more than I do a coach.”

Senior running back Brian Herrien (35) and head coach Kirby Smart celebrate with teammates and fans after Georgia's 43-14 victory in Neyland Stadium over Tennessee on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
Senior running back Brian Herrien (35) and head coach Kirby Smart celebrate with teammates and fans after Georgia’s 43-14 victory in Neyland Stadium over Tennessee on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

And it’s easy to lose perspective after a loss. It’s understandable. Most everybody likes winning while, likewise, almost everybody hates losing, but at the end of the day, win or lose, its about family. And if truth be told, he Bulldogs and the University of Georgia are one big extended family for the Smarts.

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