There are just some things that should never be done in college football.
You should never take performance enhancing substances. You should never accept tattoos or money from boosters in exchange for memorabilia. You should never accept the free use of a car from a ‘friend’ of the program. You should never do (or sell) illegal drugs, drink too much (and do something else incredibly stupid), get rowdy in public, rob people, gamble, or make fun of all the rules that your team broke after you graduate.
Were you to do any of those things, in time, you could be forgiven. However, should you be guilty of one offense you might as well hang up your cleats and take up lawn darts.
I’m talking about breaking the National Championship Trophy—like someone did over the weekend at Alabama.
As the story goes, a parent of one of the players tripped over a rug that ran under the trophy’s display case. Down came the $30,000 Waterford Crystal football that signified Alabama’s standing as the best football team in the nation in 2011. It's a good thing that the offensive line protects the quarterback better than the trophy was protected.
The team is wisely not saying the name of the player whose parent destroyed such a cherished trophy. I can’t imagine some of the Crimson Tide faithful being too happy with him (thanks Mom/Dad). Knowing the fanatical dedication of some fans it would not be surprising if some choice things were tweeted or posted on the poor kids Facebook page.
This isn’t the first time that the trophy has been destroyed. While visiting Florida in 2008, a recruit by the name of Orson Charles bumped their 2006 trophy and sent it tumbling to the ground. He’s now playing for Georgia.
(In case Alabama fans needed a reminder what it took to win that trophy...)
Article by Travis Pulver