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AJ McCarron: ‘I was never an Alabama fan’

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As AJ McCarron was born, raised and went to high school in the state of Alabama, and lived less than three hours or so from the Tuscaloosa campus, one could easily assume that the Tide’s starting quarterback would have grown up as a fan of the state’s flagship football program.  Or, at the very least, have some idea about the storied history of the football program for which he plays.

On each of those counts, one would be wrong.

Speaking at the BCS championship game media day Saturday morning, McCarron was asked by a reporter in attendance about legendary Tide head coach Bear Bryant.  McCarron’s response, while refreshingly honest, likely left many of Finebaum’s finest choking on their breakfast grits.

I was never an Alabama fan,” the second-year starter said. “I don’t know the history, at all.”

While that may be a jarring admission for some to read or hear, it’s not at all surprising.  For one, McCarron has never been shy in admitting that he “grew up a big Miami Hurricanes fan” and that he aspired to be a quarterback at The U one day.  Two, and I can speak from very personal experience, the past — whether it involves sports, politics or history in general — is not high on the to-do lists of a lot (most?) of kids these days.

Alabama fans, though, can take heart in knowing they’re not alone if they’re thinking that the young man who’s on the verge of a second straight BCS title ring may have been a little “off” growing up.

“I just remember thinking ‘You freak, we’re Alabama fans,’” McCarron’s mom, Dee Dee Bonner, told the Sun-Sentinel in an interview this week when asked about her son’s early non-Tide fandom. “‘What are you talking about?’ Because we raised him to be an Alabama fan.”

Raised that way or not, he is now, and is one of the big reasons why the Tide has a chance at an unprecedented third BCS title in four years.  That alone atones for any “youthful indiscretions” on McCarron’s part.

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  1. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jan 5, 2013 6:08 PM

    “I just remember thinking ‘You freak, we’re Alabama fans,’” McCarron’s mom, Dee Dee Bonner, told the Sun-Sentinel
    —————————

    Sounds like a great mom

  2. ocon171 says: Jan 5, 2013 6:27 PM

    Dee Dee….freaking red necks

  3. mikeyparris63 says: Jan 5, 2013 6:27 PM

    funny on the ESPN interview that aired thursday i think, they showed a list he wrote when he was young and it specially said he wanted to a firemen or an Alabama football player.

  4. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 6:31 PM

    ROFL … as a Floridian who grew up less than two hours from the Swamp but always cheered for the Tide, I can identify. But never had to worry about Mom’s approval. There must have been something about Alabama football in the marriage vows because my Florida-native mother loved the Bear almost as much as she loved Daddy. Still does :)

  5. novoodoo4409 says: Jan 5, 2013 7:24 PM

    Gumps aka rednecks aka tuskeylosers aka bammers are weird people….what a miserable existence having to grow up in the state of Alabammy….

  6. pickney1 says: Jan 5, 2013 7:54 PM

    For one of the mist talked about and disliked programs in America, its seems everyone love’s “The U”. with that said nothing beats being able to stay at home for college and have great success.

  7. xaf605 says: Jan 5, 2013 7:56 PM

    Racists!

  8. be4bama says: Jan 5, 2013 8:31 PM

    John, please consider an age minimum age requirement of this page.

  9. kattykathy says: Jan 5, 2013 8:43 PM

    Never a Bama fan. Even though you were right in the back yard?

    Funny how a stuffed envelope handed under the table changes everything, huh?

    Saban a great “coach”???? Whatever.
    Saban a great “buyer”???? Certainly

  10. kattykathy says: Jan 5, 2013 8:45 PM

    Daddy or the Bear????

    Do you really know ??

    Do we need to call Jerry Springer or Montel?

  11. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 8:46 PM

    @be4bama …

    I agree sometimes it would be nice to have a minimum age requirement for commenters. But considering the Nazi-like level of censorship on PFT, I’d rather endure the idiotic posts of pre-K commenters than the idiotic censorship of pre-K moderators.

  12. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 8:47 PM

    Kindergartner … right on cue.

  13. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jan 5, 2013 9:32 PM

    Definitely agree with you there, Deb. Seems like sometimes over at PFT they won’t post your comment just because they don’t agree with it.

  14. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:50 PM

    Wow, some really jealous people on this site! LOL

  15. preopgirl says: Jan 5, 2013 10:30 PM

    Funny how kids have their own ideas. McCarron seems like a nice young man. I would like to add 2 things.

    1. The idiot comments on this page only defines the writer.

    2. Only God is in judgement. So as you write the dumb comments just think how DUMB and immature you look.

    But thanks for the laughs. From South Ms, keep it classy!! If you even know what that is!

  16. mrlitl says: Jan 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    I agree with the author. Kids now couldn’t care less about history. AJ is no exception. Nonetheless, roll tide.

  17. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 11:18 PM

    @bamasleeper13 …

    While most of CFT fans comment because we love the game and our teams, some of those slamming Bama don’t even have a rooting interest in college ball. They’re just posting to annoy Tide fans because they’re desperate for attention–even if it’s negative. Sad really. Bless their hearts and pitifully empty lives ;)

  18. smadison29 says: Jan 5, 2013 11:45 PM

    Miami’s Sun Sentinel wrote a story about this a couple days ago:

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/fl-alabama-aj-mccarron-20130103,0,3399926,full.story

    —Funny how a stuffed envelope handed under the table changes everything, huh?

    Saban a great “coach”???? Whatever.
    Saban a great “buyer”???? Certainly—

    The U/FIU helmet swinging fight is what turned AJ away from Miami.

    It’s all about the U!

  19. barbeaux says: Jan 6, 2013 12:47 AM

    He’s a good guy.

  20. thraiderskin says: Jan 6, 2013 12:50 AM

    Who cares where you started in football, the game is about the journey, its about where you end up. He is Alabama football right now, fair enough?

  21. louhudson23 says: Jan 6, 2013 5:58 AM

    The disinterest in history is directly attributable to corporate influence and derision of anything older than last week. New products are what is important and the key to personal happiness and if it already happened,it is already forgettable. Those before did it wrongly,stupidly and ignorantly.Buy tomorrows product or live a sad desultory life confined to the doldrums of yesterdays news. Keep in mind,young man,that if yesterday’s isn’t important,then nothing occurring today is important as today is tomorrows yesterday….Keep buying,forget the mistakes of the past,your corporate fathers will tell you what is important and what is not….truly no wonder at the rampant misunderstanding of our nations and our world’s history…….Roll Tide…..

  22. noring4youstill says: Jan 6, 2013 7:06 AM

    It’s old Bama that hold on to the legend of “The Bear”. To hear these jackasses down here you’d thought Jesus coached Alabama. How many Alabama fans does it take to change a lightbulb? 1. But it takes a whole room full to talk about how the Bear did it. Anyways they also eat nothing but Golden Flake potato chips. Why you ask? Because the Bear owned part of the company.

  23. chumthumper says: Jan 6, 2013 9:32 AM

    I guess the poster does not recall that Nebraska won titles in 94, 95 and 97. Which means if Alabama wins three in four years it won’t be “unprecedented”.

  24. John Taylor says: Jan 6, 2013 9:41 AM

    @chumthumper: apparently, comprehending what you read is not one of your strong suits. I wrote, in part, “an unprecedented third BCS title in four years.”

    BCS title.

    Thanks for playing, though.

  25. Deb says: Jan 6, 2013 2:02 PM

    @noring4youstill …

    The kids under 12 in our family not only know and appreciate Bear’s history, they also know and appreciate Wallace Wade’s. And none of us eat Golden Flake chips. But it’s always fun to read another post by some fool who lives to stereotype Southerners. Thanks.

  26. irishtn says: Jan 6, 2013 3:15 PM

    John Taylor says:
    Jan 6, 2013 9:41 AM
    @chumthumper: apparently, comprehending what you read is not one of your strong suits. I wrote, in part, “an unprecedented third BCS title in four years.”

    BCS title.

    Thanks for playing, though.

    ROTFLMAO……Bama won’t win so its a non issue but that was funny as hell

  27. be4bama says: Jan 6, 2013 3:37 PM

    Irishtn just how do you think nd’s offense (ranked 75th) will score against BAMA’s defense? BAMA by 4 TDs.
    ROLL TIDE
    #15

  28. be4bama says: Jan 6, 2013 3:38 PM

    And Ole Miss slapped Pitt all over the field!!! It’s gonna be
    U G L Y!!! RTR

  29. irishtn says: Jan 6, 2013 5:13 PM

    BE4

    First off lets be honest, when you play 3 fcs teams then add kentucky, TN, arkansas, and auburn all of which are horrible teams its not hard to rack up defensive stats.

    Second when they play any semi decent QB they struggle, even against LSU’s QB who is borderline semi decent

    Third bama’s defense struggles against mobile QB’s, they have all year

    Bama is way over rated, they are not that good and if wasn’t for Ohio ST on probation they shouldn’t even be in this game.

    42-14, ND we play second stringers the whole 4th quater

    My prediction is after the loss bama has you SEC/Bama trolls get so drunk and angry you start dropping your twig and berries on each others chin instead of the opposing teams fans

  30. preopgirl says: Jan 6, 2013 7:33 PM

    Irishtn

    Yes. Lets be honest. You are infatuated with Bama. Live visiting their fan sites.

    Yes. Your mama left the computer on.

    Yes Bama is better and win.

    Last but most important: you are definitely and troll and needs drama.

    Well that’s about it. Thanks for stopping by and Roll Tide Roll.

  31. preopgirl says: Jan 6, 2013 7:37 PM

    *definitely a troll

  32. irishtn says: Jan 6, 2013 7:48 PM

    Pre-

    I understand the average bama fan has as many teeth as toes and fingers. I understand that inbreeding is rampant among bama fans but really???

    Yes. Lets be honest. You are infatuated with Bama. Live visiting their fan sites.

    Did you mean love visiting their fan sites?

    Yes Bama is better and win.

    Did you mean will win?????

    Last but most important: you are definitely and troll and needs drama.

    Did you mean a troll?

    Finally what the heck is crimson tide? It sounds like a PMS issue not a football team. Bama is over rated and going down. If you want to post smack on a message board please, express yourself in a manner that makes sense. Even a bama fan has no excuse for all the things you posted that makes no sense because you couldn’t post properly.

    P.S. when bama looses please do not post something that says ND had an unfair advantage because all of their football players could read.

  33. irishtn says: Jan 6, 2013 7:49 PM

    Pre-

    I understand the average bama fan has as many teeth as toes and fingers. I understand that inbreeding is rampant among bama fans but really???

    Yes. Lets be honest. You are infatuated with Bama. Live visiting their fan sites.

    Did you mean love visiting their fan sites?

    Yes Bama is better and win.

    Did you mean will win?????

    Last but most important: you are definitely and troll and needs drama.

    Did you mean a troll?

    Finally what the heck is crimson tide? It sounds like a PMS issue not a football team. Bama is over rated and going down. If you want to post smack on a message board please, express yourself in a manner that makes sense. Even a bama fan has no excuse for all the things you posted that makes no sense because you couldn’t post properly.

  34. preopgirl says: Jan 6, 2013 7:55 PM

    Irishtroll

    Man not into talking heads. Not a female and not a Bama fan so keeping proving your immaturity and you are trolling. So you enjoy looking like a bad sport an I’m off to enjoy so man sports.

  35. preopgirl says: Jan 6, 2013 8:04 PM

    Irishtroll

    Visualize this large hands on iPhone an I live in New York dumb arse. I have all my teeth and a 6 figure job. Surgeon. So don’t go off using all that insulting crap. I’ve heard some pedofile stories and so rape/suicide stuff. But unlike you I don’t LIVE on ND site. Who cares what they are doing but when you are inferior you need to sit behind that computer and act like you are better. Not at all!!

  36. irishtn says: Jan 6, 2013 8:38 PM

    Hit a nerve did I? NY does not impress me, it is a crap hole, the reason I left when I was 18 after being born and raised there. Claim what you want but we know you are in your mobile home at the moment posting from Forrest Gump country.

    Regardless Bama has no chance at this game, it is over before it ever started. ND being crowned the champs is nothing more than going through the motions at this point.

    Also while I have great respect for them nurses are not surgeons. No reason to hype what you do. Nothing wrong with being a male nurse. Gaylord Focker was one

  37. preopgirl says: Jan 6, 2013 8:47 PM

    Lol.

    Proving it!

  38. irishtn says: Jan 6, 2013 8:50 PM

    Wow how very droll, catch someone in a lie and watch the message board responses get smaller.

    LOL Love it

  39. preopgirl says: Jan 6, 2013 9:00 PM

    Wtf. You have not proved anything except you are a lonely fag trolling on a Bama site. What? You probably into farm animals or a pedofile like all ND fans right? You like it? You probably drive a dump and don’t have 2 nickels to run together. You probably got a big ole hard on but ain’t no woman gonna want none of it.

    Hit a nerve. Not a all. You are a child and think folks gonna play uh game. I enjoyed it. Now back to being a man. And all the trolling will not prove but one thing!!!! YOU are a lonely Fag!

    So you wanna play all night. It’s on. But remember you gotta go to school. Me, well I’m enjoying Miami and gonna watch those catholic pedofile go down. Lol

  40. be4bama says: Jan 6, 2013 9:23 PM

    I think irishtn and ukone are one in the same.
    RTR#15

  41. derakbrady says: Jan 6, 2013 9:27 PM

    Mad respect for the Bama team and fans. As an Aggie fan they have always had class. And they had teeth. Lol. Gotta love stereotypes! Anywho, best of luck tomorrow. Go Sec. And don’t feed the troll. He def not a man.

    Go Bama Gigem!!

  42. be4bama says: Jan 6, 2013 9:32 PM

    Thanks derakbrady…..looking forward to watching the AGGIES and of course Johnny next year. ROLL TIDE
    BTW that OU whipping was delightful. 599 yards of offense. Totally cool.

  43. derakbrady says: Jan 6, 2013 9:37 PM

    Thanks! We attended the Bama/Aggie game. Everyone was so welcoming. Not what I thought it would be.

    I enjoyed seeing Oklahoma go down. Was concerned Bc they had a different play caller but Manziel is always so good. I feel like we will have at least one more good year and can only dream of the success that Bama has had.

    Good luck tomorrow. It’s gonna be a surprise to ND.

    Bama Gigem!!! See you all next season.

  44. miserynmossouri says: Jan 6, 2013 11:04 PM

    Irishtn is gay and lonely. Maybe he is cruising Craigslist or the local ministry for a gay lover.
    I am not a ND fan nor a Bama fan…just calling it the way I see it. I hope the DNA of both teams show a little respect after the game. We all know only one team
    wins and by the postings tonight this site could get ugly after the game.
    Best of luck to both teams. It should be a good game.

  45. Deb says: Jan 6, 2013 11:11 PM

    @derakbrady …

    Thanks for the positive post. The Aggies have been a great addition to the SEC and to our western division! If we had to lose a game this year, it was an honor to lose to such a quality team.

    Roll Tide!!

  46. derakbrady says: Jan 6, 2013 11:19 PM

    Deb
    We are Sec now. We stick together. I respect Bama so much. You will always have rude fans but if I weren’t an Aggie fan I would be a Bama fan. The people are so nice in Tuscaloosa.
    Good luck again.

  47. boondocksaint7 says: Jan 7, 2013 12:33 AM

    Miami or Bama? I think Notre Dame had a t-shirt for McCarron. It said Convicts versus Cousins.

  48. florida727 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:04 AM

    I’m a Gator fan and I am biased in favor of SEC teams when Florida’s not the one playing. I root for all of them. That said, I do try to be objective when I comment on upcoming games.

    Will this one be a ‘blowout’? Probably not. If it is though, it’s the Notre Dame fans that’ll be crying in their beer. Why? The pot calling the kettle black. Notre Dame fans criticize Alabama’s schedule, yet think their team is “dominant”.

    It’s not.

    You won 5 games, all at HOME, by a combined 23 points. 2 by 7 points, one of which was an overtime game, and 3 others by only 3 points each. Heck, it took you THREE overtimes to beat Pitt. PITT! And the rest weren’t exactly a Murderer’s Row (sorry, New York Yankees reference there) of opponents.

    Purdue (aka Pur-don’t)
    BYU (BY-who?)
    Michigan
    Pitt (sh!t)

    I’ll give ND credit for one thing: all those games were WINS. And ultimately that’s all that matters. But don’t come on here like you’re the second coming of the NFL’s ’72 Dolphins.

    Win, and you can brag. Until then, be careful. You haven’t yet played anybody like Alabama. You know what they say about being careful what you wish for…

  49. lasseter1113 says: Jan 7, 2013 2:11 PM

    I really never understood why so many people hated ND before this game. I always thought it was because of their success. Now I see a lot of it is because of their fans. There seem to be whole lot of them that are completely classless and Irishtn takes the freakin’ cake. The sad part is he’s probably not a child as a few people commented on here. He is probably in his mid to late 40′s still living in his mother’s basement completely obsessed with football where he lives vicariously through his favorite teams such as ND. Their success equals his success, their failure equals his failure. That may or may not be the case but one thing that we can all agree on is his life is sad and pathetic and his heart is filled with hate. I always wonder if when these northerners start making such brash insults do they realize that they are talking about our children too? I hate to know that my kids have to grow up in a world where they are thought of as inferior just because of the region of the country that they are from when that is far far from the truth. I realize that it’s not all northerners that feel that way and there are probably a whole lot more good than bad. I just wanted anybody that reads this to understand that if you honestly feel like all southerners or even a small minority of southerners are inbreed, toothless, or uneducated then you are a very stupid or maybe I should say very ignorant person. I say ignorant due to the fact that you might not know any better. At the end of the day no matter how many times you make the same old insults over and over and over again you aren’t going to change the fact that our favorite football teams are very good and they aren’t going anywhere. You’re not going to make us feel bad about ourselves because if there is one thing us southerners are it is proud and we know what you are saying is out of hate and jealousy. And no matter what the outcome of the game is tonight it’s not going to change the fact that you are a sad, hate filled person and in light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn the last thing this nation needs is more hate. That being said, let’s hope for an exciting, injury free game between two of the most storied programs in college football. May the best team win.

  50. irishtn says: Jan 7, 2013 2:58 PM

    Cry me a river, you pansies need to toughen up mentally, oh he was mean, oh he said something i didnt like. Grow up and toughen up. I guess everyone has missed the bama fans postings the last month. It is all good. Yes I live in a basement in my house that the tax payers foot the bill for, along with all my food, electric bills you name it. The world is full of mentally soft wussies which iyt makes easier for people like me to scam them. I love life, I love it even more the rest of you pay for. Blow Tide!

    42-14 Notre Dame

    P.S. can someone else whine some more about how mean I am.

  51. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 4:38 PM

    Four hours …

  52. abrellbama says: Jan 7, 2013 6:48 PM

    irishtn-You will probably be crying after tonight. It is fans like you that make other fans hate ND. You need to tone it down. I guess you have missed all the trash talking from ND fans. I think this will be a tough close game and Bama will win it.

    kathykathy-You just sound like an idiot. That’s all. You make no sense what so ever.

    And AJ McCarron went to Alabama because of his Mom. That is the ONLY reason we got him. That is the same reason we got Mark Ingram was because of his Mom and the ONLY reason we got Trent Richardson was because of his Mom. Moms have great power over their children and that is who the coaches target are the mothers. I don’t blame them, they influence their children in many decisions they make.

  53. irishtn says: Jan 7, 2013 7:56 PM

    I am cool with that abre. Anyone want to start a pool on how many times espn shows AJ’s moms fun bags??????..You say kathy sounds like an idiot but complain about what i say…stay classy bama trolls

  54. irishtn says: Jan 7, 2013 8:05 PM

    P.S. 42-14 ND, you Bama trolls will come back down to earth tonight

  55. be4bama says: Jan 7, 2013 8:41 PM

    TOUCHDOWN BAMA

  56. be4bama says: Jan 7, 2013 8:42 PM

    FU IRISH TROLL

  57. miserynmossouri says: Jan 8, 2013 12:10 AM

    Once again Irishtn shows what an idiot he his… Nice prediction. Only an idiot would have predicted Irish blowout. Irishtn, your moms calling, she has your Vaseline warmed up for for you.

  58. foreverlsu says: Jan 8, 2013 4:57 PM

    irishtn says:Jan 7, 2013 8:05 PM

    P.S. 42-14 ND, you Bama trolls will come back down to earth tonight
    _________________

    At least you got the score right. Now you can go back to discussing graduation rates since we’ve established that your football team plays to the level of an Ivy League school.

  59. be4bama says: Jan 8, 2013 5:08 PM

    Forever LSU……it’s it fun to watch karma *itch slap irishtn? Bet they’ve already changed their screen name.

  60. be4bama says: Jan 8, 2013 5:16 PM

    My prediction of BAMA by 4 TDs was spot on. Where’s that Irish POS now?

  61. vamsalmar1967 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:35 PM

    I’d like to comment on two posts:

    @ irishtn says: Jan 6, 2013 5:13 PM

    The joke’s on you, my friend. NEVER underestimate Bama – especially when they have more than a week to prepare for a game.

    @ kattykathy says: Jan 5, 2013 8:43 PM

    Do you have proof or inside information that that’s going on? Please share that information. But in the meantime, consider this:

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association punished nearly half of all big-time college sports programs for major violations of its rules in the last decade, an Inside Higher Ed analysis shows. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/avwe54j

    The last time Alabama was punished by the NCAA was over the textbook issue – not for buying players – and that was in 2009.

  62. Deb says: Jan 8, 2013 6:04 PM

    @valsamar1967 …

    I’m a Steelers fan and kattykathy is a Ravens fan. She showed up on PFT a few months ago and began posting nasty “big woman on campus” comments to the only other woman on the boards–me. When both Steelers and Ravens fans told her to piss off, she disappeared for a while … until I posted on PFT about being a Bama fan. Then she showed up here ragging on me and Bama. She’s never posted one word of support for any college team or contributed to any discussion on the college sport. She’s a just a lonely troll, desperate for attention. If I’d posted that I were a Michigan fan, she’d be accusing Brady Hoke of paying players. I doubt she’s ever watched a college game. The best thing to do with trolls is ignore them.

  63. vamsalmar1967 says: Jan 9, 2013 12:22 AM

    Thanks, Deb. I thought she sounded especially nasty. lol

  64. qckappa says: Jan 7, 2014 5:50 PM

    Help needed! Quality qb needs help for his racist and closed minded mother. Maybe some of you Bama fans can help Dee Dee be more accepting of others, especially Heisman winners that are from the state of Alabama. lol Go Heels!

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