U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) today presented Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) with a smoked turkey in recognition of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide’s victory over the University of Texas Longhorns in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) College Football National Championship Game. On January 5th, Senators Hutchison and Shelby announced a friendly wager on the game, in which Alabama beat Texas 37-21. The wager included a Greenberg Smoked Turkey of Tyler, Texas from Senator Hutchison and a Bates Smoked Turkey of Fort Deposit, Alabama from Senator Shelby. Shelby donated the smoked turkey he won to the Central Union Mission in Washington, D.C.
“I thank Senator Hutchison for making good on our friendly wager in recognition of the University of Alabama’s victory in the college football national championship game,” said Shelby. “I congratulate Coach Saban for leading the Crimson Tide to a perfect season and bringing the championship trophy back to Tuscaloosa. Coach Brown and the Longhorns also deserve tremendous credit for an excellent season, a Big 12 title, and a gritty performance in Pasadena. It was a hard-fought contest, and each of these storied programs represented its respective school with class.”
“Congratulations to the University of Alabama players on their undefeated season and national championship win,” Senator Hutchison said. “Despite their disappointing loss to the Crimson Tide, The University of Texas Longhorns had such an extraordinary season. I’m happy to settle my wager with my friend and colleague Richard Shelby following his alma mater’s victory with one of Texas’ finest delicacies, a Greenberg smoked turkey from Tyler, Texas. ”
The BCS College Football National Championship Game was played on January, 7, 2010, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Crimson Tide’s victory represents the 13th college football national title in school history for the University of Alabama. Shelby holds an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Alabama. Hutchison received her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Texas.