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Bear Bryant's Desk is a favorite exhibit in
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Alabama's Mascot Big AlAlabama's Big Al
Alabama's Big Al Keeps the Crimson Tide's
Elephant Tradition Going Strong.
Alabama Throwback
The Crimson Tide has not
always worn Crimson
headgear.  The photo below
shows QB Ken Stabler
fashioning a white helmet
during the 1968 Cotton Bowl
This game program from the 1931
Rose Bowl shows Crimson Tide
uniform designs that were featured
in the 1930s.  Bear Bryant wore this
uniform while playing for the Tide
from 1933 to 1935

Even though Bama football helmets don't have a logo, their headgear is easily recognized
throughout the nation.  Numbers first appeared on Crimson Tide helmets in 1957 and have
remained there since.  Each player's jersey number is represented on his helmet as well.  This
tradition was common for many schools in the 50's and 60's, but Alabama is the only major
college program that has resisted the temptation to pull the numbers.


Due to Alabama’s national prominence, the song “Yea Alabama” has hit a high note on many
occasions.  Played in earnest after an Alabama score, the first two stanzas of the song shed light
on what the Crimson Tide nickname stands for while singling out two traditional opponents.  

“Yea, Alabama, drown ‘em Tide!
Ev’ry Bama man’s behind you,
Hit your stride!
Go teach the Bulldogs to behave,
Send those Yellow jackets
to a watery grave.”


In the United States there are three basic types of elephants that have been witnessed through
the years.  The gray variety is often found a the zoo, while the pink versions have sometimes
appeared after a few stiff drinks.  The one known throughout college football circles is the red
elephant that resides in Alabama.  He is known as "Big Al"  and he is often seen on the sidelines
cheering for the Crimson Tide.
How elephants became associated with Bama football is a story that dates back to their 1930
national championship season.  Reportedly writer Everett Strupper started the elephant
stampede after he had refereed the Alabama-Ole Miss game.  He wrote an article in the Atlanta
Journal describing the Tide’s dominating size and speed.  Stupper’s article exclaimed that the
Bama players had grown to mammoth proportions.  When the crimson clad players took the field,
someone in the stands screamed, “Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!”
Alabama ran through their opponents that season.  The Crimson Tide outscored their
opponents by a 217-13 margin en route to a 10-0 season
University of Alabama
That are a must see on gamedays
Denny Chimes & Walk of Fame
This landmark hosts the Walk of Fame that has
been a tradition since 1948.  Features the Bama
football legend names, hand and footprints that
surround the bottom of this campus landmark.  
Denny Chimes stands 115 feet tall and is
equipped with a 25-bell carillon.
Paul W. Bryant Museum
This college football treasure opened in 1988
and serves as a tribute to the legendary coaching
figure while also hosting the incredible history of
Crimson Tide Football.  Except for major
holidays, the museum is open daily from 9a-4p.
Nick Saban Statue
National Championship Coaches Statues
Giant 9-foot bronze statues of Bama's head
coaches that have led national championship
football teams are located outside of
Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The coaching lineup
includes Nick Saban, Gene Stallings, Bear
Bryant, Wallace Wade and Frank Thomas.
Alabama Walk of Champions
The Walk of Champions
Leading to stadium's north entrance is a
collection of stones recognizing all of Alabama's
SEC and national championship teams .  The
information includes team records,
championships won, team captains, rosters and
Alabama's Million Dollar
Marching Band
This spirit inducing group founded in 1913  has
filled Bama fans with the sounds of school spirit for
through many generations.   Popular songs played
by the band include:

  • The University's Fight Song, Yea Alabama
  • Rammer Jammer: That signifies a Tide victory
  • Basket Case: Played during the 4th Quarter break
  • The Alma Mater is played after every game
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