Alabama student equipment manager
Photograph By John Loomis
Six hours before kickoff a member of the Alabama equipment staff slides QB AJ McCarron's jersey over his shoulder pads. (On the bench next to him is a game program with LSU great Charles Alexander on the cover.) Immediately after the game the jerseys come off and are placed in a special bag that travels on the team plane. The rest of the equipment and the staff will bus home but Bama's jerseys fly so they can be washed, cleaned and de-funkified right away.