Atlanta, Ga. — Alabama fans made their way to Atlanta on Wednesday to see Head Coach Nick Saban and three players take part in day three of SEC Media Days.
Two of those fans included Bill and Gradee Lee from Columbus, Georgia.
“We’re counting the days for the season to start so we’re excited,” Bill Lee said.
Like many fans in Columbus, Bill and Gradee are counting the days to another season and possibly another championship.
“The only bad thing about being an Alabama fan is that we’ve got to keep changing championship t-shirts,” said Aaron Vickers who lives in Charleston, South Carolina. “You spend a lot of money being an Alabama fan.”
Vickers grew up in Montgomery and so did CJ Williams who now lives in Atlanta.
“All the females in our family are Auburn fans so we grew up right there in Auburn country,” said Williams who brought his son Mason as well. “We finally got another male in the family and we made sure we started him off young.”
But Bama country rolls outside the south bringing fans together from all over the country.
“My kids don’t know why, since I live in Arizona, why I’m an Alabama fan,” Mike Sandler said. “I got recruited back in 1977 when Bear Bryant was there along with Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler so I’ve been a fan ever since.”
That dynasty under Bear Bryant included six titles while Saban has won five in nine years with the Tide, which is something Alabama fans in Columbus have over their neighbors who root for Auburn and Georgia.
“There’s a lot of Auburn fans. There’s a lot of Georgia fans. It’s okay. We don’t worship football we worship God,” Bill Lee said. His wife followed that up immediately saying, “But we roll tide!”