What originally started as a simple college football sideline report, something ESPN’s Laura Rutledge has done hundreds or even thousands of times in her broadcasting career, turned into an unexpected take down and an unforgettable date proposal.
Standing near the sideline during the Georgia Bulldogs’ 66-27 rout of the UMass Minutemen at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, Rutledge finished her report for the SEC Network and looked to make sure she was out of harm’s way. But even as the whistles were being blown, the play continued, and it ended with Rutledge getting knocked to the ground.
She definitely didn’t see it coming.
Luckily, Rutledge wasn’t injured after the play. It’s actually very impressive she popped up so quickly after the blind-side hit. But this was not the finest day at the office, to say the least, especially since Uga dragged her around earlier in the day.
Things took another unexpected turn on Monday night, too, when Georgia redshirt sophomore tailback Prather Hudson, the player responsible for knocking over Rutledge, asked her out on a date.
This is the ultimate way for a college kid to shoot his shot.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Hudson from Columbus, Georgia isn’t a star for the Bulldogs. He is far from the focal point of the offense and amassed just two carries for nine yards and caught one pass for 15 yards in Saturday’s big win. He has 15 carries for 64 yards on the season.
But that one carry is something he will never forget and took a chance to capitalize on it.
Hudson apologized to Rutledge and even offered to pick her up for date. But the veteran reporter and Florida Gators grad indirectly shut him down, considering she is married to Josh Rutledge, who has played for the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox since graduating from Alabama.
Well, Prather, it was a good thought, man. Nobody blames you for trying.
It’s just rather comical this entire situation ended in a player asking a reporter on a date.