UGA alum Matt Stafford is now a Super Bowl champion

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) aims a pass during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 56 football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.

Credit: (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The panel:  

Adrienne Jones — Professor of political science & director of pre-law, Morehouse College

Audrey Haynes — Professor of political science, University of Georgia

Charles Bullock — Professor of political science, UGA


The breakdown:  

1. Georiga connections were front and center at the Superbowl. 

  • The Rams defeated the Cinncinati Bengals 23-20 in the 2022 Super Bowl.
  • 36-year-old Sean McVay became the youngest head coach to lead a team to a Super Bowl win. 
    •  McVay graduated from Marist School in Brookhaven.
  • Several UGA alumnae were a part of the winning team. 
    • Rams running back Sony Michel
    • Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd

    • Rams running backs coach Thomas Brown

    • Rams quarterback Matt Stafford

  • Matt Stafford became the first UGA quarterback to walk away with a ring in the big game.
  • Stafford also wrote passionately to condemn the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd.


2. Jury to be seated in federal hate crimes trial in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

  • The initial jury selection was whittled down to 64 people on Friday.
  • Unlike the state trial, this federal trial will focus on race. 
    • Prosecutors will try to prove if Arbery's civil rights were violated.
    • Georgia did not have a hate crimes law at the time of Arbery's murder.
  • The three white men convicted of murdering the black jogger were sentenced to life in prison last year in a state trial.
    • Travis and Greg McMichael won't be eligible for parole, but their neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, does have the possibility of parole after serving 30 years. 


3. Speaker David Ralston comes out in opposition of the Buckhead Cityhood movement.

  • Ralston came out on Friday saying that the measure will not pass this session.

House Speaker Ralston wants to leave the matter to the City of Atlanta's leadership.

  • The measure had no support from legislators representing the Buckhead neighborhood.
  • Mayor Andre Dickens campaigned on a platform of one Atlanta.


Tuesday on Political Rewind:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tamar Hallerman joins us to talk about guaranteed income proposals.