2. Saban’s Statue on Alabama Football’s Mount Rushmore
The statue of Nick Saban that stands on the front lawn of Bryant-Denny Stadium was unveiled in April of 2011, following Alabama football’s 13th National Championship – Saban’s first of his current four at Bama. The statue was placed beside similar likenesses of Alabama’s other national championship coaches: Paul “Bear” Bryant, Gene Stallings, Frank Thomas, and Wallace Wade. Of those, Saban’s is the only figure in motion, as it depicts the head coach in an often seen crouched, clapping position.
Even though Saban’s statue is one of five at the beautiful Walk of Champions, it is the single most photographed man-made object in the state of Alabama. In fact, fans walk around and stand next to the bronze figure to take pictures so often that the grass is almost constantly worn out around the base of the statue.
Grounds crews replace the grass several times a year, but have grown so tired of having to redo it over and over, they have requested that a concrete or brick surface cover the ground around it.
No word yet on whether or not the grounds crews will get their way, but if Saban has something to say about it, we all know it will happen.
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