TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Iron Bowl is a game full of emotions, but 2016 was a little more emotional than your typical rivalry: Alabama head coach Nick Saban admits there was one point before the game where he nearly cried.
Lawrence Erekosima is a senior walk on from South Carolina. The 2016 Iron Bowl was also senior night, and his mom who is serving overseas in the military flew in to surprise him.
“For his mother to be able to come today, almost made me cry,” Saban said.
Saban explained the guys that aren’t the star players, that don’t get the playing time and all the accolades and applause have a huge role on the team and a special place in his heart.
“He’s a fine young man, been in the program a long time,” Saban reflected.
Watch Erekosima’s heartfelt reunion on the field with his mom with coach Saban nearby in the video above.