Colorful Tide History Steeped in Tradition
The University of Alabama Crimson Tide football program has a long ans storied history. There have been quite a few colorful characters – both players and coaches that have graced the honored field of play at the No. 1 SEC (South Eastern Conference) football college. Bama's football heritage is undeniable and steeped in great tradition.
There's great debate about who has the most National Championships with many pundits claiming Alabama is tied with both Notre Dame and the University of Southern California for the most championships. And, if course, you cannot mention Bama championships without speaking of the school's legendary coach Bear Bryant.
The stadium on the Tuscaloosa campus shares Bryant's name with former university president George Denny as the Bryant-Denny Stadium. Here all home games have been played to sold-out crowds since 1988 where 92,158 seated fans watch all the fabulous collegiate gridiron action in the fourth largest SEC structure and the seventh largest campus stadium in the country. Fans have been thrilled to some of the greatest inter-collegiate rivalries in the the nation played at Bryant-Denny stadium.
Alabama has developed some time-tested rivalries throughout the years including the well-known intra-state match up with the Auburn Tigers. Known as the “Iron Bowl,” the annual meeting is considered one of the best SEC rivalries of all time.
Then there is the annual “fall” classic against neighbor to the north – the Tennessee Volunteers – always played on the third Saturday in October. Not to overlook many of the hard-fought favorite battles against the other “tigers” at Louisiana State University that have thrilled fans throughout the years.
Many of those memorable games were guided by Coach Bryant who also coached some memorable players like Joe Namath who led the Tide to a National Championship in 1964. Other notable QBs that went through Bryant's program include Bart Starr and Ken Stabler.