Given the utter destruction and devastation suffered by citizens of Alabama and surrounding areas Wednesday, there will likely be many an amazing/heroic/heartbreaking story told in the coming days and weeks. Thursday brought word of both an amazing and utterly heartbreaking storyline involving a member of the Alabama football program.
During an appearance on ESPN’s College Football Live show this afternoon, Nick Saban briefly relayed a portion of what long-snapper Carson Tinker was forced to endure during a tornado whose aftermath the Alabama head coach called “the most devastation I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
According to Saban, the junior was thrown 50 yards from his house during the massive storms. Saban added that Tinker was injured — the specific nature of the injury or injuries was not revealed — but the coach said the junior’s expected to be OK.
What Saban understandably didn’t mention was the heartbreaking, gut-wrenching aspect of Tinker’s amazing story of survival.
The FOX television affiliate in Birmingham is reporting this afternoon that 22-year-old Ashley Harrison was one of two UA students who were killed in the massive storm system that swept through Tuscaloosa yesterday. Harrison, the station reported, was the girlfriend of the Tide’s long-snapper.
Harrison’s parents had flown from their home in Dallas, Tex., to search for their daughter.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Tinker and Harrison’s family as they deal and come to grips with this unthinkable tragedy.