Jalen Hurts reflected on Alabama's national championship from White House visit

Tanya Simon
April 11, 2018

According to Alabama's student newspaper, Saban warned his players to not follow in the footsteps of some professional teams - most notably the 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors - by skipping the traditional White House visit.

Alabama is now scheduled to visit the White House at 2 p.m. CT.

Some other teams and athletes have expressed unease with the traditional White House visit because of political differences with Trump, but offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher said Saban ended any potential debate before it could start.

The Crimson Tide squad, which beat Georgia 26-23 to win its second national championship in three seasons, made the decision to attend the ceremony as a team.

This is 'Bama's 17th national championship and the fifth under head coach Nick Saban.

Trump said Alabama's triumph was "one of the greatest victories ever".

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As the event wrapped up, former punter JK Scott organized a prayer circle with several players and Trump, according to Christina Chambers from WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama. The coach also said he called some recruits from the White House, which is truly a power move.

"Tua dropped back to pass, launched the ball from near midfield - I was watching - and the entire country watched as arms lifted up and DeVonta Smith caught that ball for the win", Mr. Trump said, declaring how proud he was of the way the team played and represented their state.

It's a special day for Alabama's football program.

If you're going to make a recruiting pitch, doing so when being honored for winning a national title is certainly one of the best ways.

Trump went on to call the game-winning play an "unbelievable throw and a catch", stating again that Alabama's victory was an awesome win.

In a surprise move from Saban, he replaced Hurts, the sophomore starter, at halftime for freshman Tua Tagovailoa. If Alabama maintains its tough defense and winning ground game, I am sure that we will be back at the White House next year to celebrate again.

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