When Jim and Sandy Boyles drove to New Orleans for the 1980 University of Georgia National Championship game, they were several years out of college, broke and had to show up to work the next morning.

Forty-one years later, the couple can celebrate successful careers, an upcoming 43rd wedding anniversary and the second National Championship they’ve witnessed in person.

“When it was over, we were all high fiving and screaming,” said Jim. A man sitting next to them called a loved one and “was crying like a baby.”

Jim said last week’s game in Indianapolis was very different from the Jan. 1, 1981 game at the Louisiana Superdome.

“I hate to say the last one was boring, but this one had every kind of drama in the world,” he said. “And all the bad calls, whether we deserved them or not.”

“We were sitting on the edge of our seat the whole time,” he continued. “It was really emotional.”

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