Graduation has a dual meaning in Tuscaloosa. Alabama ranks near the top of all FBS schools with student-athletes earning diplomas. Additionally, the league has dipped into the Tide roster 17 times to draft a player in the first round. Success on the gridiron has translated into 48 Bama players graduating into the draft since Saban took command of the program. Not all remain on rosters but they finished at The Capstone with significant credentials to be considered for the top level of football.
Three former Alabama Crimson Tide players currently in the NFL gave accounts of their signing day memories as they prepare for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
They enthusiastically recalled the fateful day they chose to sign a Letter of Intent. Safety Roman Harper and wide receiver Kevin Norwood of the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers and guard Evan Mathis of the AFC Champion Denver Broncos are forever grateful they chose to don the crimson and white.