The Alabama senior class has won 52 games over the course of four years. It has lost just five.
That is the highest win total by any class in Football Bowl Subdivision history.
“Just the fact that we have the record that we have shows you all of the hard work that we put in,” Alabama senior linebacker Rashaan Evans said. “I still don’t believe the record that they have on us as far as the winning and losing thing. I think that’s very unique and something that’s going to be hard for anybody else to do for a long time.”
Well, it came close last year.
The previous bar was set by Alabama’s 2016 senior class, which boasted a final career record of 51-6.
“It just points to the program of Alabama and how dominant it is, how well-coached it is and how well-rounded it is,” Alabama senior punter JK Scott said. “It’s cool.”
This year’s senior class has won a national championship (2015) and three consecutive SEC titles (2014, ’15 and ’16). It has also made a College Football Playoff appearance every year, currently in the midst of its fourth run right now.
Diving in even deeper, there are only two Crimson Tide players who have participated in each of Alabama’s CFP games: Evans and Scott. They have been present for all six showdowns, about to be seven.
“We’re old now,” Evans said. “So, we’re on our way out. But the fact that we were able to just have that experience I feel like is very unique and rare.
“Me and JK have talked about it a couple of times and just looked back like, ‘Wow, not a lot of guys can say they’ve done this.’ I definitely will, once I leave here and look back on college, know I’ve had the best experience I could have possible had of college football.”
And it’s not over yet.
Alabama honored 21 players back in November on Senior Day, their last game in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Now, two months later, their last game will be played be in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, exactly where they started their senior seasons. Only this time, the opponent is Georgia and the stakes are much higher.
“You couldn’t ask for it to end in a better way,” Scott said. “Playing in the national championship game as our last game, I’m really grateful for that and I really look forward to it.”