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Day for Mecole

On NFL draft day, City of Bowman council is honoring Hardman Jr.

The Bowman City Council unanimously approved a motion during its regular meeting Monday night to adopt a proclamation that declares Saturday, April 27 as “Mecole Hardman Jr. Day.”   

Mecole announced earlier this year that he would not be returning to play football for his fourth year with the University of Georgia this upcoming fall and would instead be entering the NFL draft that will begin Saturday.

Mecole, who is originally from Bowman, was recognized by Mayor Pete Gibbons and the council for his achievements as an Elbert County Blue Devil multi-sport athlete, as well as his athletic and academic achievements as a Georgia Bulldog.

“I feel like it’s a great time to honor Mecole for all he’s done … he’s worked hard on and off the field,” said Gibbons.

“All the negatives you hear about our athletes … you’ve never heard one negative about anything that Mecole is involved in and that’s what I’m most proud of,” Gibbons said.

Gibbons presented the proclamation to Mecole’s father, Mecole Hardman Sr. in honor of Mecole Hardman Jr., who could not be there due to a “last minute call from an undisclosed team” who flew him out for a training session, according to Gibbons.

Mecole Hardman Jr.’s family will host a watch party of the NFL draft at the Bowman Community Center on Saturday.

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