Justin Britt Expects Emotional Saturday

If you are going to Alabama's football game against Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, you might want to take a clean handkerchief if you are going to be there for pre-game ceremonies. It will be the final home game for 22 Crimson Tide seniors.



Justin Britt knows it is going to be emotional for him. A week ago his mother, Vera, was released from a Birmingham hospital. She will be able to attend Saturday's game when Alabama hosts Louisiana-Monroe at 1:30 p.m. It is the final home game for Britt and 21 other Bama seniors.

"Coach Saban is letting all the parents out on the field," Britt said of the planned pre-game ceremony. "My mother will be able to come out in a wheelchair."

Mrs. Britt suffered a serious brain injury when she fell off a cart following an Alabama game earlier this season. At one point her survival was considered unlikely.

"I am so grateful," Justin said following Tuesday's practice. "It's nothing short of a miracle she is going to see my last game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. "I'm an emotional person anyway. I'm the baby and I've always been close to my mother."

His mother was released from the hospital last Tuesday after her motor skills improved enough that she could walk. Justin said she's "starting over to learn. Her doctor said this would be a good time for her to learn to play the piano or learn another language since she's starting over."

Justin's older brothers, Taylor and Wes, took part in previous Alabama senior ceremonies. Justin said, "I remember talking about it to Wes a long time ago, but don't really remember what he said. I guess I wasn't paying attention then, but I'll call him this week."

Britt doesn't think his senior class has a good legacy at the moment. He said that "overall I think we've been under-achievers. We've got some talented players. We've got guys who are going to have great careers in the NFL. We should have done more than we did.

"We've persevered through a lot," he added. And, he said, "We'll take a positive attitude into these last three games. We have to move on."

One thing the offensive line has had to persevere through this season has been the loss of two starters, Antoine Caldwell and Marlon Davis, for the past three games. The two are among five players who are expected to miss their fourth games Saturday as The University investigates their improper receipt of textbooks.

Britt said the team has missed them, the offensive line particularly missing Caldwell and Davis. "We can't wait to get them back," he said. "They love football."

Britt didn't use the absence of Caldwell and Davis as an excuse. "It's our job to do it no matter who is in there," he said. "That's something Coach Pendry (Offensive Line Coach Joe Pendley) stresses. You have to be able to play every position and you have to focus on your job."

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