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Pictures: Alabama BCS National Championship Parade

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban and wife, Terry, ride in a vintage Ford Mustang down University Boulevard during the Crimson Tide's BCS National Championship Parade on Saturday, January 19, 2013. (abc3340.com) Alabama head coach Nick Saban and wife, Terry, ride in a vintage Ford Mustang down University Boulevard during the Crimson Tide's BCS National Championship Parade on Saturday, January 19, 2013. (abc3340.com)
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he has never been prouder of a team than his 2012 squad who completed the difficult task of repeating as national champions. (abc3340.com) Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he has never been prouder of a team than his 2012 squad who completed the difficult task of repeating as national champions. (abc3340.com)
Thousands of Alabama fans listening to Nick Saban talk during the BCS National Championship celebration. (abc3340.com) Thousands of Alabama fans listening to Nick Saban talk during the BCS National Championship celebration. (abc3340.com)

"I want everyone here to know:  This is not the end. This is the beginning."

That statement to Alabama fans came from Nick Saban on January 17, 2010 during the 2009 BCS National Championship celebration inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, and the Crimson Tide head coach is a man of his word, despite what some critics in Miami believe.

For the second time since Saban made that bold proclamation and for the second year in a row, thousands of fans flocked to Tuscaloosa for the University of Alabama's 2012 BCS National Championship parade and celebration, which was shown live on television and online by ABC 33/40.

Fans began the day around 9 a.m. with a photo opportunity with Alabama's three BCS National Championship trophies. They then watched the parade that started at the Moody Music Building and ended at the Walk of Champions outside the North endzone of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Adorning fans lined both sides of University Boulevard as the football team walked the street wearing their jerseys en route to the entrance steps of the stadium. The coaching staff and their families sat on the backs of various convertible vehicles to paint the town red. Saban and his wife, Terry, sat perched atop the rear of a shiny, red, vintage Ford Mustang, waving to the mass of onlookers.

The Million Dollar Band, Crimson Cabaret, Crimsonettes, Big Al and cheerleaders joined the football team in the parade, escorted by the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

The voice of the Crimson Tide and play-by-play announcer Eli Gold was the master of ceremonies during the event, introducing the leaders of the school and athletic program to the crowd.

Those who gave speeches were new president Dr. Judy Bonner, athletic director Mal Moore, senior offensive lineman Barrett Jones, Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock and head coach Nick Saban.

Jones, a three-time BCS title winner and All-American, represented the players in a short speech thanking the fans for their support. Two of his senior teammates, defensive lineman Damion Square and guard Chance Warmack, were recognized during the ceremony and were given the honor of unveiling the latest etching of '2012' into the concrete surrounding Nick Saban's statue, commemorating Alabama's third national championship in four years.

Following the conclusion of the trophy presentation and speeches, the Crimson Tide faithful were allowed to walk on the field inside the stadium for approximately one hour.

 

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