Dec. 29, 2008
ATLANTA – Day four of Chick-fil-A Bowl Week was the busiest so far for the Yellow Jackets. They attended the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast in the Atrium Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis and then had a practice at the Georgia Dome.
While most of the team went back to the hotel to rest after practice and lunch, a handful went to a pair of Atlanta hospitals to visit with some children. Coach Johnson, Jonathan Dwyer, Derrick Morgan and Josh Nesbitt joined a small contingent from LSU at the Hughes Spaulding Hospital. The senior class, meanwhile, spent more than an hour visiting with children at the Egleston Hospital. They signed autographs, posed for pictures and gave out t-shirts while making rounds. While most bowls bring in out-of-town teams, these kids were able to see their hometown players.
By mid-afternoon, it was time to join the rest of the team at Fire of Brazil, an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse in downtown Atlanta. A host of Gauchos parade through the restaurant with choice cuts of grilled Angus beef, chicken, lamb, pork and sausage. All selections are slow roasted over an open flame, seasoned to perfection and accompanied by an extravagant salad bar.
Needless to say, a whole lot of meat was consumed by the Yellow Jackets. Chick-fil-A Bowl officials were holding a contest to see which team would eat more meat. LSU went to the restaurant after the Yellow Jackets so check back tomorrow to see who won!
And what better way to walk off all that meat than a tour around the Georgia Aquarium. Despite being located just minutes from campus, this was the first chance for many of the players to walk around the aquarium.
As the world’s largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium in more than eight million gallons of water. Through a path of more than sixty exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water story, with features modeled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world. Each majestic exhibit is designed to inspire, entertain and educate. Make sure to check out the photo gallery where Jonathan Dwyer was trying the pet the Rays.
Players were off the rest of the night and many will catch up on sleep after a long day on Monday. On Tuesday, both Paul Johnson and LSU head coach Les Miles will hold a press conference in the morning and then both teams will attend the Texaco Scholarship Luncheon and “Chalk Talk” presented by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The Yellow Jackets will then conduct their final walk-though at the Georgia Dome in the afternoon.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for more updates from the Chick-fil-A Bowl.