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Brother Smith will have a choice to make for football openerBrother Brad Smith '82 is going to see two precious loved ones do battle come September 2017. No, we're not talking about his children: We're talking football. Smith, who lives outside of Knoxville, Tenn., has season tickets to Tennessee games. But he also loves seeing his beloved Yellow Jackets. Smith will be in quite the quandary come Sept. 4, as Georgia Tech will play the Vols in Atlanta in the season opener for both teams.

To make matters even more complicated, Smith's daughter is a UT grad and his son attends Tennessee.

"We will be a divided family for this first game of 2017!" Smith writes.

Smith is also a season ticket-holder for Tech games.

"I go to many of the games with Brother Chris Addleton, who was my roommate a few quarters when we were not away on the Co-op plan working," Smith writes. "Chris and I are both former GM's and enjoy deer hunting together near Macon, Ga., each fall for the last 40 years with our KA buddy Clark Jokl and brother Kurt VonBories. We all went to Jacksonville for the 2006 ACC championship game against Wake Forrest (above, Smith is second from the right) and watched our guys lose in the rain.

"In 2009, I helped put together a road trip to the ACC championship game in Tampa with a bunch of Kappa Sig brothers, including Tim Gilbert, Mark Sheridan, Ed Senules, Roger Tarras, Ridgely Cinquegrana and Steve Lazkowski. I have also gone to a few home games with some other brothers, like Scott Bradley, Pete Gouldthorpe, and Mike Alexander in recent years.

"I look forward to the season opener for 2017 when my two favorite teams play in the Chic-Fil-a Kickoff Classic at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta. ... I intend to wear my GT gear to this much-anticipated game, but will have a UT T-shirt on underneath so that my team wins no matter what, hah!"