Alabama Crimson Tide: 13 is the Tide’s lucky number

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13 has been a good number for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

When you have been as successful as the Alabama Crimson Tide, you don’t believe in luck. You see the hard work that is put into your successful season, and that causes you to put faith in the process. However, there is at least some luck revolving around a certain number for Alabama. It transcends sports and keeps following the Tide to success. Although most consider it unlucky, 13 has been a great number for Alabama.

Let’s start with the beginning of the Nick Saban era. For decades, the Alabama Crimson Tide seemed stuck on 12 national championships. However, Saban’s first championship was the 13th for the Tide. Once Alabama hit that lucky number, the ball finally started rolling.

Then let’s fast-forward to the year 2013. In the first week of the year, Alabama trounced Notre Dame in one of the most dominant national championships in history. That set Alabama’s record at 13-1 for the season.

Of course, Alabama football has seen the number 13 pup up in other environments. The most famous of which is Tua Tagovailoa. Tua saved the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship while wearing the iconic No. 13 jersey. He then became the best quarterback in Alabama football history and permanently changed the program’s trajectory.

The luck with this jersey number has carried past Tagovailoa. Malachi Moore is now wearing that jersey, and he looks to be the future of the Alabama secondary. We will see how this plays out over his college career, but he is already one of the best freshmen to ever play for the Crimson Tide.

All of this information is great, but this will hopefully transcend into Alabama basketball as well. Jahvon Quinerly is currently rocking the number 13 for the Tide, and he looks to be the next superstar point guard. WIth Kira Lewis now playing for the Pelicans, Quinerly will have big shoes to fill.

Speaking of Kira Lewis, he was drafted 13th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft to a great team fit. There is plenty of reason to believe that Kira will thrive in New Orleans. Da’Ron Payne was also drafted 13th overall by Washington in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Throughout Alabama athletics, this number keeps rearing its head. Keep an eye on where else it pops up over the next few years.