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Georgia Bulldogs, Coca-Cola Release Commemorative National Title Bottle

August 4, 2022

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ATHENS - Georgia Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart had a new bottle of Coke with him to kickoff the 2022 season

The Bulldogs kickoff the season early next month, but open their practices for the season Thursday. The new Coke bottle celebrates the Dawgs’ 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship win over Nick Saban and Alabama

Today representatives from Coke were on hand to watch Kirby take questions from the media with their soft drink was placed in from of him. 

According to Coke - “The 8-oz. glass bottles of Coca-Cola were created in partnership with acclaimed Georgia artist Steve Penley. Artwork on the bottle features bulldog mascot “UGA” sporting an ornate championship crown. The bespoke image was painted by Penley, best known for reinterpreting American historical figures and iconography—including the contour Coke bottle—in his signature, instantly recognizable style.”

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“It means so much to our program to have the support of alumni like Steve and partners like Coca-Cola across the state of Georgia, and I can’t wait for our fans to be able to go out and purchase these bottles,” said Josh Brooks, Athletic Director, University of Georgia said in a statement. 

It was announced that the a limited time in six-packs at select retailers, grocers and convenience stores across Georgia, starting August 15. 

Penley said he admired famous cartoonist Jack Davis, who was featured on the bottle of the Dawgs’ 1980 Coke bottle. 

“Jack has been such an inspiration to me over the years,” Penley said. “As a kid, I loved his art and especially his work for UGA and Coca-Cola, and we got to be friends before he passed away in 2016. I wish he was still here so I could show him my Coke bottle and debate whose (bottle) is better. I’ve been drawing Uga and Coke bottles since I was in middle school. Both are like home to me, so this is such a huge honor.”

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