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UGA's Bellamy buoyed by maternal bond
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Chamblee's Davin Bellamy and his mom Bridget Bellamy pose for a photo after Davin's announcement of his decision to play football at the University of Georgia.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Chamblee's Davin Bellamy and his mom Bridget Bellamy pose for a photo after Davin's announcement of his decision to play football at the University of Georgia.
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Davin Bellamy knew just who to thank first when announcing his much anticipated decision to join the University of Georgia’s incoming football freshman class.

All he had to do was look over his shoulder.

That’s the most important place in the Chamblee football star’s inner circle — the one occupied by mother, Bridget.

“She’s my everything,” said Bellamy. “I call her Super Woman … she’s like my mom and my dad.

“She’s my counselor, disciplinarian … she’s a strong, God-fearing woman.”

His being the product of a single parent household was not lost on the popular four-star recruit — over 5,000 Twitter followers and counting — as he basked in his long-awaited National Signing Day moment. Just more reason to praise his No. 1 fan.

As Bellamy exulted, Bridget Bellamy exhaled. The topsy-turvy ride was finally over.

Such is life for the mother one of the Peach State’s prized prep football prospects.

National Signing Day 2013 couldn’t have come any sooner.

Bellamy, a defensive stalwart at Chamblee, ended nine-plus months of a frenzied recruiting process when he pledged his services to the Mark Richt-helmed Bulldogs.

“Now I can finally breathe,” Bridget said. “This past year has been busy, somewhat stressful … oh my gosh, just overwhelming.”

Bellamy had initially decided to play college ball at Florida State, before rescinding his commitment over concerns of its defensive coaching turnover.

If he had followed through on his plan to suit up for the Seminoles, Bridget was expected to move to Florida.

Now that he’s staying put, he can focus on vying for UGA’s starting outside linebacker spot.

“I plan on going in there and competing [from Day 1],” Bellamy said. “If I go in there and do what I’m capable of doing, I should be on the field early.”

He has reasons for such optimism. Scouts representing a crush of universities — Bellamy stopped counting at 35 scholarship offers — fawned over the blue chipper’s skill set and upside.

For an emotional Bridget, a Special Education teacher, this day turned out to be well worth the wait.

“It’s just an overwhelming feeling to see my child … put himself in a position to achieve his lifelong dream, she said.

“I’m just elated … can’t put it into words.”
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