Georgia football team puts stock in new motto: Our team. Our time. No regrets

Politicians aren’t the only ones using what they hope are winning campaign slogans this year.

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Republicans Mitt Romey and Paul Ryan are riding “America’s Comeback Team.”

Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden are moving “Forward.”

The seniors on Georgia’s football team came up with their own motto last winter before offseason conditioning mat drills: “Our team. Our time. No regrets.”

Defensive end Cornelius Washington and inside linebacker Christian Robinson helped nail down the phrase that seems to be uttered daily by at least one Georgia player.

“I love it, man,” Washington said. “I feel like it was more we’re seniors, it’s supposed to be our team. We’re supposed to lead it like a player-led team. I also wanted the young guys to be a part of it.”

Having a slogan may seem corny from the outside looking in, but the players who go through the season’s daily grind have embraced it.

Here’s what it means to some of the seniors:

Our team: “We’re going to lead the team,” cornerback Branden Smith said. “We have a destination to get to.”

Our time: “Preparation that we put in daily has got to matter,” receiver Tavarres King said.

No regrets. “Ball out every play,” Washington said. “When you look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘I did everything I possibly could do.’”

Like any good campaign, there have been T-shirts printed. Quarterback Aaron Murray wore a red shirt Tuesday to Georgia’s media day interviews with the slogan in silver on the back.

A television segment on the team that aired over the weekend adopted the slogan for the title: “No regrets”

When Georgia’s players broke their team huddle before the second preseason scrimmage, they said together in unison those same words.

The signature slogan that surrounded the program under coach Mark Richt used to be “Finish The Drill.”

Last year, the team rode “The Energy Bus,” adopted from the Jon Gordon book, to the Southeastern Confernece title game, but the plug was pulled on that and the no complaining rule that came with it.

“I think that started what we wanted to do,” Robinson said, “but then it was like, ‘Let’s come up with something that’s ours. We need the coaches’ direction, but at the end of the day their name’s not going to be on a season.”

Georgia had nine players from its defense — all but Jarvis Jones were seniors — who submitted paperwork to the NFL draft advisory committee and all returned.

“Everybody that could have left (returned) with the ending in mind and that was getting to the national championship,” King said.

Washington and Robinson helped put it into words along with the rest of the seniors.

Robinson said the idea of a slogan came from his high school days at Greater Atlanta Christian.

“At GAC every year, the seniors came together with the head coach and came up with a slogan that they had so that they could remember the year that they had and it would be very specific to them,” he said.

So Robinson told the seniors to come up with something “that would be important to us. Cornelius came up with ‘Our team, our time.’ He was the last person to speak. Everybody liked that and we said we need something else. We had so many things up on the board and we put all those things together and said ‘No regrets.’”

Richt likes the idea of a player-driven team.

“That’s what we want as coaches,” he said. “We want to guide the team. We don’t want to feel like we’ve got to drive them. We don’t want to feel like we’ve got to kick them in the rear end to get them to go. We want guys to be self-motivating. We want guys to care about the culture of the team as far as the work ethic and the standards that are set on the field that if it’s not going the way it should be that one of those guys steps up and lets everybody know.”

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