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What Alabama Fans Should Be Thankful For

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Thanksgiving is finally here, and soon we all can begin eating turkey until we burst. To Alabamians, Thanksgiving is always followed by the Iron Bowl. So, naturally, we all should be thankful to have great families and friends to spend Saturday with, even though the family room will be divided with Bama fans sitting on one side and Auburn fans on the other. But as Alabama fans, what should we be thankful for? The past several years have given us plenty to be thankful for, and here are the top 5 reasons why.


Iowa State v Baylor
5

Iowa State University

 
 

You're probably asking yourself, "Why should I be thankful for Iowa State?" Well, to put it bluntly, they were the reason we had the opportunity to have a rematch with LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship. They took down an Oklahoma State team that had a walk in the park to get to New Orleans to face the Bayou Bengals. But the Cyclones had different plans, and they indirectly (well, in some ways directly) helped eliminate the BCS as a whole.

Thank you Iowa State

 
Discover BCS National Championship - Notre Dame v Alabama
4

Terry Saban

 
 

This one seems pretty obvious if you ask me. Behind each great man is an even greater woman, and the Saban's are no different. Every opportunity Coach Saban has to tell us the first and foremost reason he's never leaving is because Mrs. Terry loves it here. Coach Saban is smart enough to know that when a woman is happy, you shouldn't fix what isn't broken. Not to mention everything she has done for the community, this selection is quite frankly a no-brainer.

 
Troy Trojans v Florida Gators
3

Tim Tebow

 
 

This young man beat us in the 2008 SEC Championship game, and some Alabama fans went DEFCON 5. However, because of Tebow, the 2009 team fought through the season and their primary goal was to go up against him one more time. That one loss motivated the '09 team to their success, which ultimately began arguably the greatest dynasty in college football history.

Never thought you'd ever thank him, did you?

 
Paul "Bear" Bryant
2

Paul W. "Bear" Bryant

 
 

We still wear houndstooth that he made famous on a football field. We have a museum dedicated to all of his achievements. He was the epitome of what a coach should be. Not only did he teach his players how to win on the field, he taught them how to be winners off the field as well. He made sure his players graduated, and he pushed them to be the best football players they could possibly be. No other coach has had as much influence on a university as Coach Bryant has had on the University of Alabama. As long as Tuscaloosa is still standing, we'll never forget his legacy.

 
Alabama head coach Mike Shula, left, hugs athletic director
1

Mal Moore

 
 

Where would this program be without Coach Moore? His influence has directed the University of Alabama into one of the most dominant athletic periods in the history of the NCAA. We all love and miss him, not only for what he did for the university, but for the city of Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama.

 

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