Politicians aren‚Äôt the only ones using what they hope are winning campaign slogans this year.
Republicans Mitt Romey and Paul Ryan are riding ‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs Comeback Team.‚Äù
Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden are moving ‚ÄúForward.‚Äù
The seniors on Georgia‚Äôs football team came up with their own motto last winter before offseason conditioning mat drills: ‚ÄúOur team. Our time. No regrets.‚Äù
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.
‚ÄúI love it, man,‚Äù Washington said. ‚ÄúI feel like it was more we‚Äôre seniors, it‚Äôs supposed to be our team. We‚Äôre supposed to lead it like a player-led team. I also wanted the young guys to be a part of it.‚Äù
Having a slogan may seem corny from the outside looking in, but the players who go through the season‚Äôs daily grind have embraced it.
Here‚Äôs what it means to some of the seniors:
Our team: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to lead the team,‚Äù cornerback Branden Smith said. ‚ÄúWe have a destination to get to.‚Äù
Our time: ‚ÄúPreparation that we put in daily has got to matter,‚Äù receiver Tavarres King said.
No regrets. ‚ÄúBall out every play,‚Äù Washington said. ‚ÄúWhen you look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‚ÄòI did everything I possibly could do.‚Äô‚Äù
Like any good campaign, there have been T-shirts printed. Quarterback Aaron Murray wore a red shirt Tuesday to Georgia‚Äôs 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: ‚ÄúNo regrets‚Äù
When Georgia‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúFinish The Drill.‚Äù
Last year, the team rode ‚ÄúThe Energy Bus,‚Äù 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.
‚ÄúI think that started what we wanted to do,‚Äù Robinson said, ‚Äúbut then it was like, ‚ÄòLet‚Äôs come up with something that‚Äôs ours. We need the coaches‚Äô direction, but at the end of the day their name‚Äôs not going to be on a season.‚Äù
Georgia had nine players from its defense ‚Äî all but Jarvis Jones were seniors ‚Äî who submitted paperwork to the NFL draft advisory committee and all returned.
‚ÄúEverybody that could have left (returned) with the ending in mind and that was getting to the national championship,‚Äù 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.
‚ÄúAt 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,‚Äù he said.
So Robinson told the seniors to come up with something ‚Äúthat would be important to us. Cornelius came up with ‚ÄòOur team, our time.‚Äô 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 ‚ÄòNo regrets.‚Äô‚Äù
Richt likes the idea of a player-driven team.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what we want as coaches,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúWe want to guide the team. We don‚Äôt want to feel like we‚Äôve got to drive them. We don‚Äôt want to feel like we‚Äôve 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‚Äôs not going the way it should be that one of those guys steps up and lets everybody know.‚Äù