Alabama’s unprecedented back-to-back BCS National Championship titles prompted Crimson Tide fans to converge on Tuscaloosa, Al. to celebrate with a parade and a ceremony on the campus of the University of Alabama on Saturday.
Things got kicked off with a parade on University Blvd. The parade was full of dignitaries, from the support staff of the football team to the high-ranking officials in the athletics administration. The players in their respective positions came next and finally, the Grandmaster of Alabama’s historic run, Nick Saban and his wife, Terry. The people came out in droves to see the national championship team.
The parade converged on the front steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium near Gate 1 where many of the gathered honorees spoke to the crowd. Alabama Athletic Mal Moore was one of those speaking and he was quite proud of the job Nick Saban has done at Alabama.
“He is the best coach, in my opinion, in the United States,” Moore said. “Thank God he’s on our side.”
Even BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock was in attendance in Saturday’s celebration. He noted that winning the BCS once is tough, but winning it three times in the last four years was nothing short of historic. “For most people, if they’re lucky, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime occasion,” Hancock said.
Of course, Nick Saban give a speech to the fans and he seemed very satisfied with what his team had accomplished this season.
“You understand that the true joy in all of that is the process of doing it together, to make a commitment two days after beating LSU for the national championship a year ago, working through the offseason, working through the summer program, going through the season one week at a time, one game at a time to accomplish something special.” Saban said.
After the ceremony, Tide fans got to walk through Bryant-Denny Stadium and some attended a thriller of a basketball game in Coleman Coliseum against Texas A&M.
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