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The Official Website of Rodrigo Blankenship

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Meet Rodrigo Blankenship

From Walk On to Icon

A former UGA standout, Rodrigo Blankenship is now the starting kicker for the Indianapolis Colts. The Georgia native is known for his underdog mentality, talent, and distinct look. The 2019 Lou Groza Award winner--often called Mr. Rec Specs or Hot Rod thanks to the thick, black glasses he sports on the field--made his NFL debut on Sept 13, 2020.


The Legend of the Specs

Rod began wearing sport glasses in middle school...But when he got to Georgia, the NCAA rules prohibited metal frames. Georgia gave him several options from which he selected his first pair of Rec Specs. The “Legend of the Specs” began in late 2017, when, after a game winning field goal, Rodrigo conducted a post-game interview still wearing his thick, black glasses. His unique look and quirky personality captured the hearts of college football fans around the nation. Rod instantly became a sensation known as “Mr. Rec Specs”, “Hot Rod” and the social media hashtag he created #RespectTheSpecs quickly grew to new heights of popularity. Rodrigo’s specs became a staple of his brand and the crowd at Georgia football games would be seen on game days decked out in fake black rimmed glasses and/or wearing t-shirts with the phrase “Respect The Specs”. Rod’s brand drew national recognition from Georgia fans, college football fans and celebrities alike. By embracing his spectacles, Rod has inspired young kids who have been bullied for or self-conscious about their own glasses in sports.


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