In the fourth quarter of their BCS Championship game against Notre Dame, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and his center, Barrett Jones, got in to a heated exchange. After some confusion that led to a penalty against Alabama, McCarron began barking at Jones, who shoved his quarterback in return.
They were winning the game, 42-14.
In a game in which the championship was all but 'Bama's, the Crimson Tide was playing as if it were on the verge of letting it slip away. They never took their foot off the gas, and played smash-mouth football from beginning to end. It's the reason as a parent and former coach, I've never had a problem with teams running up the score.
Alabama's intensity is the reason behind their back-to-back national championships. The Crimson Tide are the epitome of drive and discipline, and the dustup between McCarron and Jones-the only real fight in this blowout-is a perfect example.
Part of becoming successful is to never be satisfied with status quo. Bill Gates, Phil Knight, Michael Jordan, none of them ever settled for being good. It's that drive-that urge to never settle- that has made them the best in their fields.
Alabama's determination can be personified in head coach Nick Saban. Saban said he may take "a day or two" to celebrate his team's second consecutive national championship before he starts working on next season.
When you're a perfectionist, there is always more work to be done.
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