The sounds of football are once again filling hundreds of fields across the state. Another season of pigskin pride has begun, a winning cry from the state's first intercollegiate game played in 1892.
One hundred twenty-two years on, schools are still adding football programs by the handful. Jacquez Parks will hit the field as the Kennesaw State University's first quarterback in 2015.
“It’s a great feeling being a part of the first team and the first practice at Kennesaw State,” said Parks.
The dollar signs explain why seven Georgia colleges have added or announced adding football programs in the last nine years. Forbes magazine reports that UGA, Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern raked in nearly $150 million combined in 2013 alone. But the math doesn't begin and end with college football.
The Atlanta Falcons pump big bucks to Georgia's economy, and the pros have to start somewhere.
Prep teams are where every NFL star begins, and Georgia has 1,030 of them.
When it comes to measuring Southerners’ love for football, the numbers really don’t lie.