Lisa Lee, left, and her husband Robert, far right, will be at the Georgia Dome on Saturday for the SEC Championship game. Their sons Dallas, second from left, and Dillon, will be playing against each other when Georgia and Alabama play. Dallas, a 2009 Buford grad, plays offensive line for Georgia and Dillon, a 2012 Buford grad, plays linebacker for Alabama.
IF YOU GO
• What: SEC Championship
• When: 4 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Georgia Dome
• TV: CBS
LOCALS IN THE GAME
Here’s a look at the former Gwinnett County football players on Georgia and Alabama’s football teams for Saturday’s SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome
Brookwood’s Kellen Williams (No. 63) and North Gwinnett’s Austin Shepherd (No. 79) play offensive line, Buford’s Kurt Freitag (No. 41) is a tight end and Norcross’ Adrian Hubbard (No. 42) and Buford’s Dillon Lee (No. 25) are linebackers.
Buford’s Kolton Houston (No. 75), Buford’s Dallas Lee (No. 64) and Wesleyan’s David Andrews (No. 61) play offensive line, GAC’s Christian Robinson (No. 45) and Peachtree Ridge’s A.J. McDonald (No. 46) are linebackers, Duluth’s Ricky Lowe (No. 88) and Buford’s Clint Kirk (No. 53) are defensive ends, Wesleyan’s Kyle Karempelis (No. 33) and Wesleyan’s Merritt Hall (No. 43) are running backs, Winder-Barrow’s Taylor Bradberry (No. 81) is a wide receiver, Peachtree Ridge’s Connor Norman (No. 11) and Grayson’s Devin Gillespie (No. 28) are safeties, GAC’s Jared Chapple (No. 41) is a tight end and Buford’s Wright Gazaway (No. 60) is a snapper.
On the front of Lisa Lee's car is a license plate with Georgia and Alabama logos on it that reads "House Divided."
The mother of Buford grads Dallas and Dillon Lee will have a special interest in Saturday's SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome.
Lee's oldest son Dallas plays for Georgia, while her youngest son Dillon plays for Alabama.
"We're pulling for them both and want them to do good to help their team," Lisa said.
The brotherly SEC championship matchup is something Lisa and her husband, Robert, thought might happen before the season started. Alabama won the national championship last season and Georgia was the preseason favorite to win the SEC East.
"It's exciting. We've pretty much been looking at this game since the beginning of the year," Lisa said. "We thought we might be in this situation. We looked at the schedule and thought this could be the year."
About 16 family members plan to attend the game. Lisa is a 1985 UGA grad and her family, longtime UGA season ticket holders, will sit on the Georgia side. Robert's family, who has no allegiance to either team, will be sitting on the Alabama side. Robert is a 1986 Georgia Southern grad where he played on the Eagles' national championship team under former UGA coach Erk Russell.
Lisa and Robert have a pair of tickets in both the Alabama and Georgia family sections. They plan to sit on both sides to see family members and support both sons.
"It's fun to see their hard work has paid off," Lisa said. "We'll see which team is the best."
Dallas is a 2009 Buford grad where he led the Wolves to a pair of state championships. He started seven games last year for UGA before breaking his leg in a game against Florida. He has started all 12 games this year and has led the way for running back Todd Gurley to rush for 1,138 yards, the most by a UGA running back since Knowshon Moreno in 2008.
Dillon is a 2012 Buford grad and was part of three state championship teams for the Wolves. He had a scholarship offer to Georgia, but signed with Alabama. Dillon has appeared in eight games this season as a backup linebacker, recording one tackle, an interception against Michigan and a pass deflection. He plays primarily on special teams on the kickoff and punt teams.
"He's having a good year of learning from them. We're excited for him," Lisa said.
The SEC championship has put a strain on Dallas and Dillon's relationship. During the season they talked on a regular basis, but Lisa said they haven't spoken to each other in recent weeks.
"They haven't talked in a couple of weeks," Lisa said. "It's been a little stressful for us because we talk to them every day."
The brotherly silence has left Lisa and Robert to relay messages between the brothers and maybe a little trash talk.
"Dillon does that, not Dallas. He's ever energetic and enthusiastic," Lisa said. "Dallas is the studious, calm offensive lineman. Dillon is constantly harassing his brother."
The winner of the SEC championship game will likely play Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship in Miami on Jan. 7. That means the Lee family will have at least one son playing for a national title.
"We'll be in Miami either way, but for which son we're not sure," Lisa said. "That's the ultimate prize. They won championships at Buford and in the GFL, so they are used to winning. They wanted to play for a winner."