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When I was 3-4 yrs old my grandfather asked me "why are you so good" and I said "Because I was born that way"...I think that reply holds true for this question.
My other grandfather (mom's side) went to Bama in the late 20's early 30's, thus my Mother grew up a Bama Fan. One of her requirements when finding a husband was that he had to be a Bama fan as well. Both of my parents went to Mobile College...my father didn't have a great relationship with his dad, but he idolized Coach Bryant.
I was born in 78 and can remember my parents taking me to Legion Field in the early 80's. My first toys were small footballs with the old Bama "A" and the Elephant stepping out and was taught to say Roll Tide from Day 1. I remember how depressed everyone was when Coach Bryant died, how my dad would dog cuss Bill Curry, and how upset I was when Miami beat Bama in 88(?).
I grew up in Georgia and none of my friends understood why I was a Bama fan...frankly I didn't know why I was either...I just was. As a kid I didn't really like going to games, but I would be so upset when they lost. As I grew older, teenage years I think I became to understand what The University meant to my home state, particularly our football program.
During the 92 season it was awesome watching a team that was an afterthought to so many run the table and make it to New Orleans. I was the only one in my family that said "Bama is going to beat Miami" only to be told "don't get upset when they lose". I remember Pete Rose talking on the radio about how he'd picked Bama to win the Sugar Bowl and so did Beano Cook...still not many around me gave much credence.
During my H.S. years, growing up 45 minutes from Athens, most of my friends were UGA fans and a few GATech fans but I took pride in being a Bama Fan and thought I'd attend school there. Since I was an athlete I took a scholarship to a small D2 school, but can remember like it was yesterday when my mom saw my acceptance letter to Bama and how she cried tears of joy, and how torn I was wanting to go to school on a scholarship versus being a walk-on at Bama. Driving from Atlanta to Cleveland, MS...Tuscaloosa was halfway and for the 1st 3 years I told myself I'd end up at Bama. While going to school at Delta State, most of my friends were Ole Miss or MSU fans, but there fandom always seemed like a joke to me...every year they were die hard right up to September and then they seemed to crawl back into the cellar and none ever understood what it was like to expect to play for a Championship EVERY year.
I was able to move to Mobile 8 years ago and love being back in Alabama, back among my Bama brethren and in the heart of College Football!
78 Graduate,All Alabama from birth.
Two words. My Dad. I was raised on Bama football!
I have 2 degrees from Alabama but I have been a fan my whole life.
I like to associate myself with winners. Plus, the Alabama fanbase has some good looking women.
Hmmm, BAMA or the barn? Not much of a decision to make here,RTR4LIFE!
Because being a part of awesomeness was more intriguing than being part of mediocrity. Plus it ran in the family and I trust them and so I followed that path. No brainer for this guy.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
Solid divisional foe? Umm ok. I'm glad we won but it wasn't over a solid divisional foe. Once you give up 66 to Texas you get moved to the lower end of sunbelt status if you're lucky.
"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood, nobody!"
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