"No one can help but be
aware of the rich tradition that is associated
with this team and this University. Tradition is a burden in many ways.
To have a tradition like ours means that you can't lose your cool; to have
tradition like ours means you always have to show class, even when you are not
quite up to it; to have tradition like ours means that you have to do some things
that you don't want to do and some you even think you can't do, simply because
tradition demands it of you. On the other hand, tradition is that which allows
us to prevail in ways that we could not otherwise."
-- Former Alabama President David Mathews