ATLANTA — Julio Jones didn’t see most of the National Championship Game the other night. But he obviously knows who won, and he has been displaying only a subtle Alabama brag since.
He’s not parading around the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility this week dressed out in Crimson Tide swag, nor is he handing out little elephant plush toys, nor blaring a Lynyrd Skynyrd song from a speaker.
“I don’t need it. You know what happened,” Jones said Thursday.
I told him Rams running back Todd Gurley wore Georgia stuff all week before the playoff game against the Falcons.
“Probably why they lost.”
“I don’t need to wear Alabama stuff. Everybody knows I love Alabama. I’m from Alabama. I went there. I don’t need to brag. You know? When you’re accustomed to things, you don’t brag.”
(I consider this the ultimate brag.)
Did he watch the game?
“I did not. I was actually asleep. I watched the first two drives for each team and then I was out. I didn’t know until the next morning and I was like, ‘Oh, it was a good game.’ I went on ESPN and I saw all the highlights. I was like, ‘Oh, Georgia got out on us.’”
Wait for it …
“But at the end of the day, it doesn’t say, ‘Barely.’ It’s ‘national champions.’”