Another classic: Hentges part of third straight historic title game
NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. —
For the love of Bear Bryant's hat, what game.
Again. Instant Classic, Part III.
And Hale Hentges has been there for every step, and every snap, of the way. He's been in these epic, down to the final-second, national championship games three straight years.
2016: Alabama 45, Clemson 40
2017: Clemson 35, Alabama 31
Last night: Alabama 26, Georgia 23, OT
"It's an extreme honor to be a part of some of the best games in college football history, especially since it's the dawn of the college football playoffs," said Hentges, an Alabama junior tight end and 2015 graduate of Helias. "That makes it even more special.
"It's something I'll never forget and hopefully, tell my grandkids about some day."
One classic? Sure. Maybe even two. But three? You can already hear the grandkids ...
You said lying was wrong, grandpa.
Monday night may have been the best of all, as the Crimson Tide overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit to win in stunning, overtime fashion.
"It's hard to put into words what kind of night it was, what kind of atmosphere it was," Hentges said. "It was really surreal, getting down 13-0 and coming back and kind of taking over the game in the second half. It was something like I'd never seen before and to be a part of it, it's really special."
The mood in the Alabama locker room at halftime wasn't quite as festive.
"Half the team was probably a little dejected, like we didn't have a chance, Hentges said. "But then the other half, myself included, we were trying to rally people and saying: 'Hey, we were down by 21 last year against Ole Miss and we can back and won that one. So we've done it before, we can do this.'
Then there was the "mood" of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Let's just say he animated in his comments.
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