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Talking FSU shirts, beer cans and shirtless men with Aaron Murray

10/26/2011

Aaron Murray is the latest Georgia quarterback to see a tailgating picture of himself go viral on the Internet.

The Murray picture doesn’t hold a candle to Matthew Stafford’s keg-lifting antics that were caught on camera a few years ago, but the sophomore quarterback has caught some grief over the photo nonetheless.

The Tampa native said he traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., with teammates Arthur Lynch and Marlon Brown last weekend for Florida State’s game against Maryland to visit friends and is pictured holding a Natural Light beer can and wearing an FSU shirt alongside a shirtless man.

Asked which part of the picture created the most grief for him, Murray -- who turns 21 on Nov. 10 -- laughed and said, “The shirt, probably, and the shirtless dude. Yeah, that probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do in the world. That was not one of the smarter moves. … At least I wasn’t being stupid [in the picture], so that’s a good thing.”

Murray admitted to participating in the Tomahawk Chop at FSU and said being photographed in another team’s shirt isn’t too bad -- as long as it’s not a particular hated rival.

“Hey, it’s not an SEC shirt, so it’s all good,” he said. “As long as I wasn’t wearing a Florida shirt. My friends were like, ‘Here, wear this,’ and I was like, all right, it’s not a Florida shirt, so I’ll wear an FSU shirt to fit in a little bit.”

Interestingly enough, the man in the photo is flashing a sizable ring on his finger. Murray said he was a member of Georgia Tech’s 2009 team that won a now-vacated ACC title and defeated the Bulldogs in Athens the previous year.

“It was just somebody I met,” Murray said. “He went to Georgia Tech and I was like, ‘I don’t want to take a picture with you,’ but he just kept insisting, so I was like, ‘All right, fine.’ ”

The Yellow Jackets still have the rings from that season, however, which stand as the one tangible reminder of the league title they won before the NCAA took it away because of NCAA violations.

“Hopefully,” Murray said, “and hopefully no more beating us, either.”