Joe Namath, Terrell Owens and others give Alabama softball's Montana Fouts shout-outs for her WCWS perfect game

The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama softball ace Montana Fouts pitched a perfect game to lead the Crimson Tide past UCLA on Friday at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Fouts struck out 14 Bruins in the first WCWS perfect game since 2000 – the year the Crimson Tide made the first of its now 13 berths in the national championship event – when Courtney Blades of Southern Miss did it.

Sports figures from the world of softball and beyond took notice on social media.

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Joe Namath, the former Alabama and New York Jets quarterback great, was watching. He recognized Fouts' perfection on Twitter.

Another Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Terrell Owens, also chimed in. Owens posted on his Twitter account earlier in the NCAA Tournament supporting James Madison, but with the caveat that he is supporting Alabama. Owens is from Alexander City.

Cat Osterman, one of the greatest pitchers in women's softball history – at both the Olympic and collegiate levels – labeled Fouts' moment as legendary.

ESPN's "SportsCenter account on Twitter was enthusiastic in reporting the accomplishment.

And UA men's basketball coach Nate Oats called her perfect game "legendary."

Alabama legend and Super Bowl winning quarterback for the New York Jets, Joe Namath, was on the field before Alabama's homecoming game against Arkansas in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]