Do you know the formula needed to win college football's National Championship? Well I don't know either, but if there is, I had a chance to witness the closest thing to it. Many people would not understand how amazing this trip was, but for any true football fan just read on and let the words and photos bring you along for Coach Abe's trip as he visits the defending National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide!
Recognizing Prestige at Its Finest
My journey took me to Paul Bryant Drive a street that runs through the University of Alabama's campus named after 'Bama coaching legend Paul "Bear" Bryant. As I pulled up to campus a little after 12 noon, I was greeted by a huge Alabama logo painted in the center of the intersection. The sun was shining bright as students were making their way to class while most of them were sporting 'Bama football gear. I mean the scene was literally perfect, only to be matched by the campus' beautiful buildings giving that historical feel to it.
As you pull into the parking lot where the football offices are, there it was. The 2010 National Championship trophy. The only one of its kind. If you don't believe me ask around. This was THE ONE.
After I shook off initial excitement I entered the 'Bama football facility. As I get ready to step off of the elevator there were even more football goodies. There was a wall with a mural of Coach Saban running out with the team before a game in the same room as "the trophy."
Then there was the huge wall in the main lobby covered with NFL helmets and names on it. I couldn't tell initially what the purpose of it was, but as you get closer the wall donned all of the 'Bama players names and their NFL team.
This wasn't it though...As I walked through the halls, I was greeted by every person that worked in the facility...I can say there's nothing like true southern hospitaliy.
Next stop for me was the Heisman. Even though I had only dreamed about it, my dreams had in someway come true. Haha, I got to hold the Heisman trophy in my hands. In a room where the walls showed all of the 'Bama Hall of Famers and 13 National Championships, was Mark Ingrams Heisman trophy. I was totally basking in the glory of it's presence. This is the Heisman trophy that people will be talking about for decades to come and I got to hold it and take a photo standing right next to it.
If you couldn't tell this was one heck of a tour. The best part of the trip was that I got to witness first hand how present day legend, Coach Nick Saban, puts together a product year-in and year-out to contend for the title of NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.
To be continued...