Rosalind Burns Gammon

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Rosalind Burns Gammon is the mother of Richard Von Albade Gammon, a fullback for the University of Georgia in 1897. Rosalind Burns Gammon is known as the woman who saved southern football.[citation needed] On October, 31st Rosalind’s son Von Gammon died of a brain concussion obtained during the second half of a football game against UGA’s rival, the University of Virginia. There had already been agitation against football by mothers who feared that their sons might be injured in a game, so naturally Von Gammon’s death sparked outrage. A bill was then passed on November 18 outlawing football in Georgia. Before governor William Y. Atkinson signed the bill making it law, Rosalind interfered. She wrote a letter stating that she did not want her son’s death to “be used to defeat the most cherished object of his life”.[1] After reading Gammon’s letter, the governor refused to sign the bill thus allowing the sport of college football to live on.Not long after Von Gammon's death, the University of Virginia's football team awarded UGA with a plaque honoring Rosalind and her son. Today their story is still being recognized in the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

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