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Alabama football notes: No Gator chomp for Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson, despite growing up a Florida fan

Title ring for sale

By MICHAEL CASAGRANDE

Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

TUSCALOOSA Alabama running back Trent Richardson grew up and Pensacola and was recruited heavily by the Urban Meyer, but that doesn’t mean he grew up a Gator fan.

He even went to the same high school as Emmitt Smith who was around at the same time as his mother.

Still, no Gator chomp for Richardson.

“I was always a big Texas fan,” he said. “I was always different. All my brothers were big Florida fans, but I was always different.”

The Longhorns made a late play for Richardson one of the top prospects nationally in signing class of 2008. But he was already committed to the Tide and he wasn’t even wavering for his all-time favorite program.

Florida’s pitch also came late.

“I was already committed and they came in at the last minute and I stuck with my commitment,” Richardson said. “They were offering me the same thing Alabama was offering.”

Title ring for sale

A rare piece of Alabama football history is on sale and the price is nothing to sneeze at.

There is a 2009 Alabama national championship ring comes with a $6,995 price tag as listed on eBay on Thursday evening. Shipping will cost an extra $20.

It’s unclear who is selling the ring. The listed owner “sports-rings” also has championship jewels for sale from schools such as Florida and Ohio State.

According to the listing: “All we can say is that he is a former well known player that has graduated from the University of Alabama.”

The Alabama ring being sold is just one of the three each player received after winning the SEC and BCS National Championships.

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