ATLANTA — Tony Brown’s hometown of Beaumont, Texas is 85 miles east of Houston. His father, who suffered a stroke during his son’s senior season of high school, isn’t in the best health, and the flooding from Hurricane Harvey presented problems for the Brown family.

In stepped Alabama.

During his radio show Thursday night, UA coach Nick Saban said the university arranged for a helicopter to take Brown’s father to College Station, Texas. But then plans changed.

A helicopter couldn’t be arranged so UA sent a private plane, which retrieved Brown’s father and took him to Tuscaloosa. He is expected to watch the game in either Tuscaloosa or Birmingham. The plane also escorted Brown’s sister and mother to Tuscaloosa. Brown’s mother is in attendance at tonight’s game.

Multiple assisted in making the plane happen, including Saban, men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson and multiple behind-the-scenes people at UA.

Charitable spirit

The UA charitable spirit didn’t stop there with the players collecting 15 bags of food from its official team charter to send to Houston. The UA men’s basketball program, spearheaded by Johnson, also sent clothes and shoes to Texas.

This isn’t the first time the players donated uneaten/unused non-perishable food from charter flights to charity. That food normally goes to Nick’s Kids, but was sent to Houston to help those affected by the hurricane.