Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron knows a little bit about being on top of the world. He has an insane 25-2 record as a starter, he’s already won two national titles, and his girlfriend was a model for the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Not bad for a college kid, huh?
McCarron is aware, however, that being at the top means that everyone below you wants to see you fail. The Alabama star discussed the situation with ESPN’s Chris Low, comparing his team to the New York Yankees:
The Yankees and Alabama are a lot alike because we’re both the hunted at all times no matter where we go.
The Yankees go play Cleveland or the Kansas City Royals or anybody, and they’re going to be the team everybody wants to beat. It’s the same with us. Every week, we’ve got a target on our backs at all times. It’s no different off the field, either. You step out of your house, and people are watching you in everyday life to see if you’re going to mess up.
The Crimson Tide’s schedule certainly sets them up for a repeat championship performance this year. Alabama avoids playing Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in the regular season and gets LSU at home.
Oh, and because this is a post about Alabama, I feel obliged to re-share this. It’s still stuck in my head.