ATHENS - Aaron Murray's football playing career is officially over, so the quarterback isn't waiting long to do something he couldn't do as an eligible NCAA student-athlete.
Murray will sign autographs on Dec. 14 in Athens, and promoters are charging $35 per autograph. Part of the proceeds are going to charity, but how much has not yet been set. Either way it would officially end Murray's college eligibility, and affect his ability to do certain team activities during bowl week.
The event will be at Georgia Square Mall in Athens, and start at 1 p.m.. It is being sponsored by Everett Sports Marketing (ESM), which is handling Murray's marketing. Information for the event is on sicumdogsignatures.com, a memorabilia site which is also selling stuff it says has been signed by former players, including Jarvis Jones. Fans will be charged $35 to have Murray sign items that they bring, and can buy items for additional costs, including a replica game jersey for $195.
Part of the proceeds from Murray's signatures will also go to benefit Extra Special People, Inc., a non-profit in Watkinsville that works with children with developmental disabilities. The charity is Murray's "passion project," according to Rachel Rudolph of ESM.
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The signing apparently has the blessing of head coach Mark Richt, who tweeted out the promotional flyer, calling it a "great opportunity to spend some quality time with Aaron." Murray and his family have also promoted the event on their Twitter pages.
Murray, a senior, is out for the rest of this season after tearing his ACL. But once he goes through the signing event Murray will be affecting his status for some off-field things for Georgia's bowl game. (That's expected to be either the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 or the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.)
Murray will still be allowed on Georgia's sidelines for the game, but he could not participate in bowl activities, according to athletics department spokesman Claude Felton. Murray would also have to pay his own pay to travel to the bowl site. Eligible players get a travel per diem. (Murray has not yet signed with an agent, according to Felton.)
In other news, there will also be an Aaron Murray youth football camp on Feb. 8 in Athens. The roster for the camp is capped at 125, with a cost of $100 per camper.
Murray was named an academic All-American on Friday for the second straight season. Murray was the only SEC player on the academic All-American first-team, which is given out by Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America.