ATLANTA, GA (WTOC) - Thousands descended upon Atlanta on Monday for Opening Night ahead of Super Bowl VIII.
Opening Night replaced what was once called Media Day, where scores of journalists were able to interact with players as the final week of preparations began for the Big Game.
Two colleges from Georgia are represented on the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots’ rosters.
"It's special, proud to represent the University of Georgia. I think we lead the most out of any college, so that's pretty special,” New England center and former University of Georgia Bulldog, David Andrews said.
How about all the Georgia Tech fans in Atlanta?
"It means a lot. Tech supports me, and I mean that's the school that I went to, it was a beautiful ride my four years there,” New England offensive guard, Shaq Mason said.
"It's cool to be in the Super Bowl with this team. It's a wonderful opportunity, I'm excited,” former Dawg and current New England running back, Sony Michel said.
In total, five players from the University of Georgia will be represented in the Super Bowl. Michel and Andrews are joined on the Patriots by offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn. Running back Toddy Gurley and linebacker Ramik Wilson are on the Los Angeles Rams.
Mason is the lone former Georgia Tech player.
While Sunday’s game is indoors, they are concerned with the weather, there have been three Super Bowls played in Atlanta, all three have had weather issues. This time, they feel they are more prepared for it.