What do I want for Christmas? A 7th national championship.

Dear Santa,

My Georgia Southern University Eagles have been looked over for far too long.

Since the football program's inception back in 1981 (We love you, Erk!), we have won SIX national titles! I'd like to see App State or Furman do that in less than thirty years. And, yes, we are Division I, not Divison II. Don't get it twisted!

Tomorrow afternoon, we are playing in the FCS semi-finals for the second year in a row (and by the way, Coach Monken needs to stick around for as long as possible!). We'd really like to beat North Dakota State tomorrow and move onto the finals in Texas next year.

I'm not just asking for a win because I'm a proud alumni of Georgia Southern University. I'm not just asking because I want redemption from the problems Brian Van Gorder started back in 2006 (although I still don't like having to see his face at Falcons games!).

I'm asking because this team- and this school- has been repeatedly cast aside in favor of other universities for reasons unbeknownst to me. We have one of the highest graduation rates in the state of Georgia with a diverse population including students from over 100 different nations. We have been recognized on multiple occassions as one of America's best educational institutions by Forbes and U.S. News and World Report. In the 2009-2010 academic year, GSU students volunteered over 16,000 hours with non-profits like the Red Cross and United Way, as well as university programs like the Residence Hall Association and Eagle Entertainment. We are a Carnegie Doctoral Research University and, for the third straight year, GSU has helped boost the economies of nine surrounding counties with more than $700 million.

And you know what?

I'm not ashamed to say we can do all that and still throw an amazing party.

We are the home of Sweetheart Circle and beautiful Eagle Creek. We count Luke Bryan, Adrian Peterson, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and Daniel Cathy among our talented alumni. We can be found in the birthplace of Zaxby's and "the prettiest little stadium in America."

So, Santa, please give our Eagles a win tomorrow.

If anyone deserves to be recognized for their excellence- in every area- they most certainly do.

Thanks a bunch and Merry Christmas!

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