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Alabama players virtually visit youth at Children’s Hospital in Georgia

Nick Saban speaking to Alabama players after second scrimmage
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

The University of Alabama football team will battle Miami in the Chick-fil-A season opener in 78 days.

Before it faces the Hurricanes, Nick Saban and a few players virtually visited a Children’s Hospital in Georgia this week.

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic still going on, the Crimson Tide was able to spend time with the youth. According to a video posted to Alabama football on Twitter, athletes such as Chris Owens, John Metchie, Christopher Allen, Phidarian Mathis, and William Anderson were featured speaking to children. Owens, Allen, and Mathis all spoke on the importance of the platform Alabama has given them to impact others. All three players are leaders on this year’s team at different positions.

“Today, we had a little visit to Children’s Hospital in Georgia,” Owens said. “It was cool to see the little robot we had on the screen, and just talk to some people. We wanted to spend time with them.”

Allen, a fifth-year senior, is all about helping people.

“With this ‘A’ we can help a lot of people,” he said. “Not everybody is always in the best circumstance. It means a lot to take some time out of my day to uplift them.”

Mathis said having the Alabama platform ‘makes him feel good.’ He wants to give back to his community and the world.

Chris Rogers, a former Tide cornerback, told yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine that people will not remember what the players did on the field but they will always remember how you helped them. This is one of the greatest lessons Saban teaches, and the athletes caught on to it.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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