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.