Winning the national championship has brought a new wave of enthusiastic letter-men, this time from third graders in Tuscaloosa. Teacher Donna Crawford says she uses Alabama football and players to remind her students to always do their best, so the class wanted to thank the team for a job well done.
The Crimson Tide is certainly making Tuscaloosa proud. Not only bringing home the crystal trophy after a record-breaking juggernaut of a game, but this class of Seniors is one of the nation’s winningest in college football history. The BCS Champs also boast 22 graduates, tied with Boise State for the largest number of any bowl team. In the 2009 national championship, Bama also led college football in graduates with 22.
Alabama’s academics set an even higher bar. In the past year the Tide was among the top three in the SEC for football players named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Its freshmen also led the SEC Academic Honor Roll with 11 players recognized, many of whom played key roles in the BCS title game. No other SEC team had more than 5 players recognized.
The players understand how the younger generation looks up to them and takes the responsibility seriously. Dont’a Hightower even made sure to mention the kids in his profile as a Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist.
And it’s not just the kids who are proud of this Alabama football team. Bama Nation is looking forward to many more success stories in Tuscaloosa.
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