TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The question was a throwaway, but produced a hilarious response.
With all of the live mascots around the country, why doesn’t Alabama have a live elephant on the field?
Crimson Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans would support an elephant leading the team out of the tunnel inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
“Absolutely,” Evans said. “If they really could make that happen, I would be for it. Absolutely.”
Evans took it a step further.
“Yeah, I’d ride it,” Evans said, laughing. “But coach (Nick) Saban probably wouldn’t let that happen so that’s just a dream.”
The discussion came about after reporters talked about the passing of LSU mascot Mike the Tiger. Evans said he respected Mike, and added that Mike was intimidating when Alabama played in Tiger Stadium.
“That was pretty crazy right there. Just to have a live animal sitting right there in your face,” Evans said. “That’s why I would say with the elephant, I feel like we could match it. Have a live elephant and bring him out there. That would be fun.”
Evans wasn’t sure when asked what his favorite live mascot was, but he did offer an interesting thought on what to do with the mascots around the SEC.
“I kind of actually like all the mascots because they all got their own little personality,” Evans said. “I really wish they kind of had like a little mascot event where they tried out and did activities so you could see who the best is.”
Like a mascot Olympics?
“Yeah, basically,” Evans said, laughing. “I’d actually go and see that.”
Oh, the possibilities.