Video: 1985 Alabama Spring Game Shows Changes to Bryant-Denny Stadium

Alabama football has reaped windfalls since the arrival of head coach Nick Saban. Part of the result has been the expansion of Bryant-Denny stadium to its current capacity of almost 102,000.

This gem of a video courtesy of our friends at the Paul W. Bryant Museum shows how different things looked inside the stadium in 1985.

In lieu of a typical live practice, then-head coach Ray Perkins invited back former players to scrimmage with his current squad, to relive memories and build a bridge between the Bryant era and his own tenure.

Some highlights of the video:

• Those white helmets, y’all.

• Mike Shula on the field, but in a jersey, not a coaches’ shirt.

• Cornelius Bennett tackling then-UA president Joab Thomas, and trying not to kill him.

• The mid-80s Alabama logo in the end zones.

• Doug Layton and Jerry Duncan.

Excuse us now while we go have some Coke and Golden Flake potato chips, and wax nostalgic for a while.



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