U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) today introduced a resolution commending the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for their victory over the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) College Football National Championship Game. Alabama beat LSU 21-0 in the game, which was played on January, 9, 2012, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Crimson Tide’s victory marks the team’s second BCS title in the last three years and the 14th college football national championship for the University of Alabama. A copy of the resolution is attached.
Senator Shelby, a Tuscaloosa resident who holds an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Alabama, issued the following statement:
“I congratulate the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for winning the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. The University, the Crimson Tide faithful, and the entire State of Alabama can be proud of this team not only for winning, but for representing us on the national stage with integrity and class,” said Shelby. “Alabama was led by a suffocating defense as evidenced by the shutout win. However, under Coach Saban’s leadership, the Tide played extremely well in all phases of the game, demonstrating that this was truly a team victory. I am proud to represent a state whose esteemed universities have brought home the national title for three years in a row and counting. I would also like to offer my congratulations to LSU on a great team and an outstanding season.”
Senator Sessions made the following statement:
“I am proud to once again congratulate the University of Alabama for being crowned the number one team in college football. This year’s BCS National Championship game marks the second time in three years that the Crimson Tide has brought the crystal football to the Capstone. I commend Coach Nick Saban, Athletic Director Mal Moore, and President Robert D. Witt for their leadership, determination, and drive in guiding these stellar athletes to yet another championship season –the most of any team. Most importantly, I congratulate the truly outstanding collection of young men who won the trophy on the field of contest. No one can dispute the Tide’s amazing performance on defense that prevented the LSU Tigers from even crossing the 50-yard line until late in the fourth quarter. Nor will anyone soon forget the final score – 21 to 0—an unprecedented shutout in BCS National Championship history. Not only did these young men dominate the field, but that same tenacity translated off the field with Alabama leading all SEC schools with 38 football players on the fall SEC academic honor roll. Alabama’s national championship win reinforces the fact that the schools in our state have become the standard by which college football success is measured.”