First-Hand Account: Alabama's National Championship Field Celebration

January 26, 2013 | Nataly Williams

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Williams kisses the Crystal Ball after the game.

Dynasty. As a member of a football coach's family, I'm well aware of the excitement surrounding a successful football program. But the word "dynasty" never meant more to me than it did after I witnessed the strength and dominance of the 2012  Alabama football team.  (See also Inside 'Bama Football's Weight Room.)

The life of a football coach's family is not as glamorous as people may imagine. There are many moves, several uncertain seasons and lots of down-to-the-wire games. So it's hard to put into words what it was like to be at my third National Championship game in four years at The University of Alabama.

It was an accumulation of pride in everything my family had accomplished and just being in a position to see and appreciate some good old-fashioned football. Then again, the 2013 BCS championship game was even more special for my family, because we had a chance to go back to South Florida, where we had lived when my dad was a coach for the Miami Dolphins.

I could talk about how the matchup of Alabama and Notre Dame was hyped as "epic" and "historic." But when the Tide beat Notre Dame on Jan. 7, I  saw an Alabama team that was almost perfect, defeating the Irish in every facet of the game—offensively, defensively and special teams. The fact that Notre Dame fans clearly outnumbered 'Bama fans at Dolphin Stadium made the victory even sweeter.

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Williams and family riding in the Alabama Celebration Parade.

I can't really describe the joyful mad rush of going onto the field after winning a National Championship. But I can tell you it never gets old. Everything seems to move in slow motion, and you notice tiny details like swirling crimson and white confetti getting caught everywhere. The most memorable thing to me was seeing all the smiling faces of the players and coaches.

We always hear about how hard the Alabama coaches and players work; but outsiders really have no idea about the number of hours that go into this lifestyle. For me personally, knowing the amount of effort and time they put in makes it worth so much more. Kissing the crystal ball is an opportunity I have had three times—and counting; I have faith in my boys!

Editor's Note: the author is the daughter of University of Alabama Tight End and Special Teams Coordinator Bobby Williams. So far in her professional career, Ms. Williams has worked for ESPN Films, WVUA-TV, CBS Sports and as a stage manager for ESPN Campus Connection Broadcast. An Alabama graduate, she currently works for the Crimson Tide's Athletic Department. 

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