Peach Bowl: Atlanta Bulldogs and Buckeyes former players and friends for life

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The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is being played Saturday, December 31, 2022, at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta GA. Photo credit Chris McDill/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

When the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, UGA versus Ohio State, kicks off at 8:00 tonight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, it'll be a very special moment for a group of Atlanta friends.

The friends are former Georgia Bulldogs players and former players for the Ohio State Buckeyes. They are all Atlanta natives and currently live in metro Atlanta. We're talking about a bond that started even before their high school days in DeKalb County.

According to Fred Lane, "It's very special because the only game that OSU and UGA played in was the Citrus Bowl, so this is big and special." That meeting was in 1993.

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Fred Lane (left) and Henry Harris (right) Photo credit Fred Lane and Henry Harris

Lane and Henry Harris played at UGA from 1983 to 1986. Rory Graves played at Ohio State in 1981 to 1985, while his brother Reggie Graves played for Ohio 1983 to 1986. Antonio Render started playing for UGA in 1981, but his career was shortened due to a neck injury.

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Left to right: Antonio Render, Reggie Graves, and Rory Graves Photo credit Antonio Render, Reggie Graves, and Rory Graves

What they consider to be an even more special connection is that they all attended the same elementary school (Toney) and the same high school (Columbia), both in DeKalb County.

Georgia is #1 in the SEC while Ohio State is #4 in the Big Ten.

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