Why is Stetson Bennett called Mailman? The story behind the nickname Georgia QB

Everyone likes a good nickname, doesn’t they? This seems to be especially true in college football.

From Johnny “Money” Manziel to Deion “Prime Time” Sanders to even more current nicknames like Tank Bigsby or Kool-Aid McKinstry, having a nickname in today’s college football seems almost like a ceremony.

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The current group of players with the nickname includes defender Georgie Stetson Bennett, whose nickname “Postman” could be among the most accurate on the scale of relevance of the nickname and position in recent history.

Meanwhile, this season, Bennett has been given this nickname and served it relatively easily. He finished 64.4 percent of his passes as he tossed 2,638 yards and 27 touchdowns on just seven interceptions as he was Georgia’s offensive leader in preparation for the national title game against Alabama.

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So Bennett’s nickname fits him well. But how did he get it?

Sporting News looks at how he got the nickname.

Why is Stetson Bennett called ‘The Postman?’

It’s far too apt as Bennett got the nickname, honestly. For starters, Stetson is perhaps the leading brand and style of cowboy hats in this country, and Stetson University even calls itself Hatters.

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Well, five years ago, Bennett was in high school at the time, showing up all over the country when he appeared in a very specific – yes, you guessed it – hat. It was a US Postal Service hat he proudly put on while still looking like a passerby.

Even then, there was talk from the hat.

Bennett wore it to every show and competition he attended when he was recruited, and it was his idea to make him excel.

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“My friend’s father is the mayor of a small town here and he always has great things,” Bennett told Bleacher Report in 2016. “One day I saw that hat and asked if I could wear it. I first carried him to the camp in Valdosta [Georgia]. I’m not really big or physically strong, but I wanted to have people remember me. “

Bennett became famous in the showcase circuit for his hat. Now, five years later, he could be recognized for leading Georgia to its first national title since 1980.

A lot will have to go right, but if he can direct his internal mailman and be on time with his throws and deliver them cleanly, that could be exactly what Georgia needs.


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