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Upper Deck has enjoyed a great relationship with the University of Alabama after the company put out the first-ever comprehensive trading card set for Crimson Tide Football. And as Alabama finds their team poised to hoist another National Championship trophy, we thought we would get some more information on one of the great tourists spots for Alabama football fans. We spoke with Ken Gaddy who is the director of the Bryant Museum at the University of Alabama to find out how Crimson Tide fans can get closer to the game, and the team they love.
“The Bryant Museum grew out from legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant wanting to honor the players and coaches who helped him be successful. That first idea of names and team photos turned into a museum that covers the entire history of football on the University of Alabama campus. The exhibits begin with the first team in 1892 and ends with Coach Saban’s National Championship teams.
“Annually, over 40,000 people visit the museum to see the displays and learn about the ‘Bama tradition. The museum collects items related to all sports on campus. Over 100,000 photos, 8,000 videos and numerous artifacts are used by researchers and the media.
“Among the projects to use the museum’s collection of photography was the new Upper Deck University of Alabama football trading card set. Hundreds of photos were considered to select the ones that best represented the tradition of Alabama football.
“If you are a ‘Bama fan and looking to experience the rich tradition of Alabama football, make sure to plan a visit to this historic sanctuary of Crimson Tide artifacts. For more information on the Bryant Museum visit www.BryantMuseum.com or follow us on twitter and Facebook. The museum is located at 300 Bryant Drive on the University of Alabama campus. To get a taste of why making the trip is worth your while, take a look out some images from the museum! Roll tide!”