ATHENS, Ga. – It's no surprise that the UGA football team was welcomed home with cheers and 'Go Dawgs!'

Tuesday morning following the National Championship where the Dawgs fell to Alabama, the team was welcomed back to Athens with support and love.

Dawg Nation turned out and lined the streets outside of Butts-Mehre with pompoms, signs and smiles.

One special fan was Dylan Davis who drew adorable photos for sophomore Mecole Hardman and senior Sony Michel.

Some students who welcomed home the team said they are sad for the seniors like Michel and Chubb following the loss. However, they were thankful for the heart they put into every game this season as well as what they have done for the university.

"I' just really sad for our seniors. They played their best," Mary Cowart said. "They came back to show their loyalty to our school and I appreciate them so much and I'm so thankful for them and all they've done for this team and for this school."

While in fans hearts the Dawgs are number one, the players feel the same about Dawg Nation.

"It's a great experience. We have the #1 fans still in the country. They have our backs we have their backs," UGA football player Justin Young said. "It's a great opportunity to see them and know they still got our backs at the end of the day."

While it might be a somber day in Athens, there is still a strong presence of love and loyalty for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Watch the Dawgs arrive home:

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