How UAB Football Won A City, Won A Title And Won A Nation

| January 12, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Barnett Wright, The Birmingham Times

Long before the horn sounded to end the Conference USA (C-USA) football championship game between the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Blazers, the young men from Birmingham were winners.

That C-USA title game was the most important, most consequential victory in the history of the UAB football program. But well before that December 2018 game in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the Blazers had accomplished far more than anyone could have imagined. This team and its larger-than-life coach won a city, won the hearts and minds of a community, and would soon win a nation.

“We’re playing for more than ourselves,” UAB Head Football Coach Bill Clark said. “Our team is not just the guys in the locker room. It’s the people who helped them get there. And the people who helped us get there are obvious — it’s our community, this city. They believed in us, and we want to go out and play our best.”

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