Crimson Tide Roll Call: July 14, 2019

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Your morning briefing on what's going on with Alabama athletics

Today is …

National Mac & Cheese Day

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

48 days

Did you notice?

• Former Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson calls this his “do or die” season in the NFL.

• Rolando McClain isn’t the only former Crimson Tide player trying to get back to the NFL.

• Per WSFA News, O.J Howard took 10 kids on a $100 shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

• Alabama baseball landed another commitment:

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

July 14, 1990: Rolando McClain was born in Athens, Ala. Additionally, Riley Smith, the first Alabama player selected in an NFL draft (second overall, 1936, by the Boston Redskins) was born on this date in 1911, in Carrolton, Miss.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“I signed because I wasn’t ready to quit playing ball,” Smith told the Professional Football Researchers’ Association in 1983. “I just wanted to keep playing. I signed for $250 a game and a little bonus. We won the Eastern Division championship twice and the NFL championship once in the three years I played and the most I ever got was $350 a game. I made more money in the offseason.” — Riley Smith.

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