Tommy Jenkins works at Chick-fil-A, but he’s also the play-by-play announcer for Young Harris College, a Division II school in Georgia. On Monday, Jenkins went crazy after Young Harris’ C.J. Wilson hit a game-tying 70-foot shot at the buzzer to force overtime against the University of Montevallo.
“We were down by three, it was a very important game, and I’ve got to be honest with you: Even though I’ve looked at this video probably 50 times, I can’t remember a whole lot about what happened,” Jenkins said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I know there was a missed free throw. I don’t know if C.J. got the ball or if it was an outlet. But the truth of the matter is I had already counted us out. There was like a second left and we’re down by three. We’re done. I’m clearing my papers out, I’m clearing my desk, it’s getting late, I’ve obviously got an early job – I was thinking about getting home.”
Instead, Jenkins remained in his seat. Young Harris lost in overtime, 89-83, but Wilson’s shot – and Jenkins’ call – will live on.
“This is not the first time this has happened,” Jenkins said. “This is not my first loud vocal tirade when this guy does something big. He has just got a talent for these kind of things. . . . I saw it leave his hand, and the truth: I knew when it left this hands, it was going on. I just knew.”
Jenkins has been the team’s play-by-play voice for several years and is happy that Wilson has elevated the team and the school.
“Look, if it wasn’t for C.J. Wilson, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Jenkins said. “I’m a mouthpiece for C.J. Wilson and the student-athletes that we have at this great institution that has produced people in government, entertainment. We have two All-Stars in Major League Baseball right now. I’m just happy for C.J. and I’m happy for this institution because this is a wonderful, wonderful college that produces just great people.”