From the Egg Bowl to a meme, Breeland Speaks’ small but perfectly timed gesture made him an internet sensation moments after he recovered a fumble in the Egg Bowl.
Here’s a refresher on what happened. Speaks recovered a fumble in Ole Miss’ win over Mississippi State in Starkville in the Egg Bowl. Facing the camera and looking almost directly into it, he smiled and waved. Check it out:
Breeland Speaks recovered a fumble, and says “hi.” pic.twitter.com/Ee4i7Pb0wM
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 24, 2017
Now, in a story by James Crepea in AL.com, Speaks has shed some light as to who was on the receiving end of his Egg Bowl wave: Dan Mullen, the coach of Mississippi State at the time. He just wanted to be sure the Rebels’ opposing coach knew what just happened.
“I got your football,” Speaks said. “I couldn’t have picked a better way to finish…Come back to my phone and you got ESPN got you on their Instagram page, everybody got you on their Instagram page. It was just crazy.”
And all part of the Rebels and Bulldogs rivalry, one of the most intense and unfortunately overlooked in the SEC.
“We want to beat Mississippi State; they want to beat us,” Speaks said. “Their fans hate ours; our fans hate theirs. That’s how it is. That’s how it’s going to be.”