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Bronco Mendenhall honors Virginia legend George Welsh at Celebration of Life

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Integrity and winning. You can do both, thanks to George Welsh.

George Welsh

AND. You’ll be hearing that a lot this season coming out of the Virginia Cavaliers football team, as it’s become one of the core tenets of this year’s team under head coach Bronco Mendenhall. At Saturday’s celebration of life in honor of the late Virginia football head coach George Welsh, Mendenhall was asked to say a few words.

“Integrity and winning,” Mendenhall said on Saturday. “The ‘and’ in between is also one of our core tenets. If you ever hear one of our players say ‘and,’ if you trace wherethat’s coming from, that’s coming from George Welsh—that you can do both. He demonstrated that as Navy, and he demonstrated that here.”

Mendenhall added that, while he would love to consider himself a protege of Welsh, he never had the opportunity to work with him. Still, he said, he’s responsible for that standard, a standard he views as daunting, but possible.

Welsh, who passed away on January 2, 2019 at the age of 85 in his home in Charlottesville, led Virginia football for 19 years, during which time he amassed 134 career wins, two ACC titles, 12 bowl games, and a first-ever No. 1 ranking for the Hoos in 1990. In 1995, he was responsible for giving handing Florida State its first-ever ACC loss. He had retired in 1999 as the winningest coach in ACC history. He left behind a titanic legacy.

Listen to more of Mendenhall’s remarks here:

A number of former players and coaches—like former UVA CB Ronde Barber, GT head coach Bill Curry, and former UVA assistant Tom O’Brien—also shared their memories with those gathered on Saturday. Read this Jeff White story for more.