TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —University of Alabama football player Ross Pierschbacher didn’t see the bill, but that was the point.
Sunday night, a day after the Crimson Tide held their final scrimmage of fall camp, quarterback Jalen Hurts took his offensive lineman out to dinner to show his appreciation.
“It was good, especially just before classes start and everyone gets on campus and people kind of go their separate ways,” Pierschbacher said Monday afternoon. “It’s a good way to — camp isn’t over yet — but kind of the conclusion of camp just have us get together outside the facility and just have a good time and relax.”
Fall camp officially closes on Tuesday, with classes set to begin the following day. Hurts brought up the idea a couple of weeks ago.
Fortunately for him they didn’t order a bunch of steaks, but mostly the house specialty, chicken wings, and a lot of appetizers.
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The meal was just off campus at Baumhower’s Victory Grille, which is again the home of “Hey Coach” and the “Nick Saban Radio Show” after Bob’s Victory Grille at Midtown Village recently closed. Both establishments are owner by former Crimson Tide player Bob Baumhower.
“I got wings and the gooey fries and some of the guys got mozzarella,” Pierschbacher added. “Enjoyed ourselves. It was fun.”
A quarterback taking out his linemen has sort of become a low-key tradition at Alabama, as many of his predecessors have done something similar over the years.
When asked if he’ll block for Hurts better because of the meal, the junior guard laughed and said “probably.”
“I’ll keep that in the back of my mind.”