Time was running out and Mark Fox needed to be on hand for Georgia’s pro day.
With the event about to start, Fox knew it would take too much time to walk around the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall building and enter the conventional way, which would cause him to potentially miss some of the action.
Fox decided on a shortcut instead and proved he’s still athletic at the age of 47. Fox climbed the fence onto the lone remaining practice field at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall so that he wouldn’t miss a thing.
A picture was taken by Athens Banner-Herald sports editor Fletcher Page, catching him in the act.
Mark Fox jumped the fence to get into UGA football pro day. "I'm an athlete," he said. pic.twitter.com/W89mlL3uvY— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) March 16, 2016
Once all the basketball-related questions were asked following Wednesday's 93-84 win over Belmont in the first round of the NIT, Fox was asked to explain why he jumped the fence.
"Every year I go and watch those kids run. I wanted to see Jay Rome run because he played for us," Fox said. "They were getting ready to start and the entrance was a half-mile away. So I just said, 'Hey, I can get over the fence.' (Athletic director) Greg (McGarity’s) probably not pleased I did it, I don’t know. If I tore it up I’ll fix it. I just felt I was athletic enough to jump over it."