Alabama football fans flood Tuscaloosa's Strip to celebrate national championship win

Chris Thomas
The Tuscaloosa News

The celebration was on in Tuscaloosa after Alabama football's national championship victory, the COVID-19 pandemic be damned. 

Videos and photos captured on social media showed hundreds, if not thousands, of people celebrating the Crimson Tide's 52- 24 victory over Ohio State in the College Football Playoff on Monday night. 

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Tuscaloosa Police quickly were dispatched to clear a path through town, according to social media reports. Within a half hour, traffic cameras showed the scene on University Blvd. mostly had been cleared, save for some remaining debris on the streets.

The celebration comes as COVID-19 cases are spiking around the country. 

The Crimson Tide won their 18th national championship Monday — and the sixth under head coach Nick Saban. 

The 2020 season was marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced players, coaches and staff to undergo daily antigen testing in order to play. 

Saban tested positive for COVID-19 in November and made a full recovery. 

Here are photos and videos from Monday night's celebration: 

Chris Thomas is the South Region sports director of the USA Today Network, based at The Tennessean in Nashville, Tenn. Contact him at cdthomas@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.