TUSCALOOSA — “One, two, three!”
“We are a team that’s committed to excellence. It’s represented in everything we do.” “One, two, three!”
“Our defense is aggressive. We fly to the ball seeking always to cause big plays on every down. We intimidate our opponents.” “One, two, three!”
“Our offense is consistently on top of their game, averaging 38 to 48 points a game.” “One, two, three!”
“Our team is a family. We will look out for each other. We love one another. Anything that attempts to tear us apart only makes us stronger.”
Linebacker Rolando McClain didn’t initially understand why he and his University of Alabama football teammates needed to say these affirmations, responding each time to the shouts of an instructor. Twelve times this summer, the Alabama football team sat through 30- to 45-minute classes devoted to mental conditioning and character development.
“At one point, I think everybody was like, `Why did we do this?'” McClain said. “We didn’t really see anything with it. We just knew we had to go to the class and it was mandatory. But after going for a couple weeks, we realized this can help us as a team.”