When it comes to college football, nobody does it like the Alabama Crimson Tide. Not only has the SEC powerhouse dominated on the gridiron for decades, they also have some incredible traditions to go with their national championship trophies. One of those under head coach Nick Saban is the A-Day Dinner Celebration.
After each Alabama spring game, the team gathers at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to enjoy a nice meal and put an exclamation point on offseason practices. However, there is a catch. The winner gets a nice steak dinner and the losers, well, let’s just say they don’t eat quite as well.
“It’s tradition, man” Crimson Tide star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said. “It’s tradition.”
For the winners, this was a five-star feast. A menu filled with big, juicy NY Strip steaks, broccoli, baked potatoes, dinner roles, composed salads and chocolate cake was all on deck.
For the losing football team, it was the fine combination of Beanie Weenies and white bread.
After dominating college football for most of last year, including making the College Football Playoff National Championship Game once again, one would think the Crimson team stacked with the first-team offense and second-team defense would win. But as it turned out inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, the White team composed of the second-team offense and first-team defense ran away with a 31-17 win.
Back-up quarterback Mac Jones led the White’s offensive attack by completing 19 of 23 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Freshman wide receiver John Metchie took home the Dixie Howell Memorial Award — the annual A-Day Game MVP honor — with five catches for 133 yards, and senior linebacker Anfernee Jennings won the Dwight Stephenson Award as the Most Valuable Lineman in the annual spring game.
For the Crimson, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 19 of 37 passes for 265 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He connected with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy on a 54-yard score in the fourth quarter.
So Jones, Metchie, and Jennings led the winning Alabama players to the best and most popular dinner in town that night.
“They’re not really eating good,” Jeudy said while scooping up Beanie Weenies on his plate. “They’re pretending their eating good. We’re really eating good.”
The A-Day Dinner Celebration is all in the name of fun and there’s not one single Alabama football fan that wouldn’t want an invitation to the meal, even if they had to sit and eat with the losers of the football game to close spring practice.