Alabama Crimson Tide returns home after Sugar Bowl victory

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TO THE TEAM’S HOMECOMING. JON: CARRYING HIS OFFENSIVE MVP TRUE FOR YOU, QUARTERBACK JALEN HURTS STEPPED OFF THE PLANE 12 HOURS AFTER TAKING ONE STEP CLOSER TO ANOTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.>>IT WAS A GOOD GAME. I AM JUST GLAD OUR DEFENSE CAME BACK AND PLAYED. WE HAD A BUNCH OF PLAYERS OUT THAT WAS HURT. JON: LAST NIGHT’S SUGAR BOWL WIN OVER CLEMSON SENDS THE CRIMSON TIDE TO ATLANTA TO FACE THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS FOR THE TITLE. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT AN ALL-SEC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP>>I THINK IT IS GREAT FOR THE SOUTH, GREAT FOR THE SEC. BUT EVERYBODY FROM THE MIDWEST TO THE LEFT IS GOING TO BE MAD. JON: THE TIDE JUST BEAT THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE COUNTRY TO EARN A SPOT IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. BUT THE FACT THAT IT WAS BELOW FREEZING, AND THAT THIS IS THE TEAM’S 6TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN 9 YEARS TURNED TODAY’S HOMECOMING INTO ROUTINE ARRIVAL WITH ZERO FANFARE. THE FANS WE SAW WERE THIS POMPOM WAVING PLANE CREW. ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THAT?>>IT’S PROBABLY BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY COLD OUTSIDE, THAT IS WHAT I THINK. THAT’S WHY THEY WEREN’T THERE. MAYBE, AND EVERYBODY HAD TO GO BACK TO WORK TODAY. JON: NOW THE TIDE GOES BACK TO WORK. IN SIX DAYS, IT WILL STEP ON THE FIELD FOR ITS SIXTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN NINE YEARS. HOW DO YOU REACT TO THAT?>>SABAN, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE US. DO NOT EVER LEAVE US. JUST LIVE FOREVER. THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY. JUST DON’T LEAVE US. JON: IF SABAN WINS MONDAY, HE WILL MATCH BEAR BRYANT’S TOTAL FOR TITLES IN HALF THE TIME IN T-TOWN.

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