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Georgia superfan Trent 'Big Dawg' Woods dies at age 45

Updated: Feb 7

By Joe Johnson

Trent 'Big Dawg' Woods, a Georgia football superfan widely known for having the image of a bulldog painted on top of his bald head has died of undisclosed reasons at age 45, according to multiple news and social media sources.

Trent was a third-generation UGA superfan who continued a family tradition of wearing a painted bulldog on his head.

Trent' grandfather, Lonnie Woods, began the Bulldogs head-painting ritual while driving the football team bus in 1981. He and his family have carried on the tradition ever since Georgia defeated Notre Dame for the national title that year.

After Lonnie died in 1987 the tradition was carried on by his son Mike, who passed away in 2017, at which Trent assumed the mantle.

A. K.A. Big Dawg Woods III, Trent was a familiar sight prior to UGA home games, mingling with tailgaters outside Sanford Stadium and having his photo taken with fans on the sidewalks of downtown Athens.

A native of Athens, Trent said in a 2018 ESPN College Game Day segment, “My whole life has been nothing but Georgia football. Family and Georgia football.”

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