Seemingly every team under the sun is currently running around to adidas and Nike designers trying to come up with all sorts of new, swaggerish gear for their respective football seasons. Alabama, on the other hand, had elevated itself to the top of the college football landscape not by looking into the future, but instead by propping itself up on the strength of the legends that came before this current crop of young men.
Those players which wore the exact same crimson-colored helmets and white jerseys as today’s stars. Those players which built, over the course of decades, a winning tradition.
Out of deference to one of the most successful men to ever step foot in Tuscaloosa, however, those highly traditional helmets will be receiving a small tweak for the 2013 season.
Mal Moore won at least one national championship apiece as a Tide player, assistant coach and athletic director. He unfortunately passed away at the end of March, and in reaction, coach Nick Saban said the program will be putting “something on the helmet” to honor one of the truly classy and loyal members Tide Nation has ever seen.
Alabama’s first game without Moore in quite some time will be held in the Georgia Dome on Aug. 31. As if the defending national champions’ kickoff against Virginia Tech wasn’t big enough in and of itself, now the program is bringing an extra touch to the contest.
Because we all know Mal will be watching from above.