As the Clemson Tigers face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 college football championships, it’s fascinating to hear more and more about this underdog team. The University of Clemson’s pride and joy isn’t your typical college football team. Click through for five reasons why!
The Clemson Tigers, of South Carolina’s Clemson University, are throwing down with the invincible University of Alabama Crimson Tide on January 11 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, and college football fans are waiting on the edge of their seats to see what happens. The Clemson Tigers are the scrappy underdogs of the league, and they just might be the most intriguing team, too. Read on for five facts about the team!
They’ve got a lucky charm for winning!
When the team is running out to the field to dominate, they stop to rub Howard’s Rock for good luck. The rock is a huge piece of flint given to coach Frank Howard in the 1960s, picked up in Death Valley — because the coach had nicknamed Clemson University Memorial Stadium “Death Valley.” Cute! The team started their tradition of touching the rock for good luck in 1972, when they did so and actually won the game!
Their field entrance is unlike any other!
After stopping to pet Howard’s Rock, the team has arguably the grandest entrance of any team in college football. Maybe in the NFL, too! The entire team rushes down an orange hill emblazoned with their name as
“The Tiger Rag” plays, through the crowd of 83,000 screaming fans. That’s how you make an entrance!
John Heisman was a Clemson coach
Maybe you’ve heard of him? The Heisman trophy namesake, John Heisman, coached the Clemson Tigers. The legendary coach helmed the Tigers from 1900 to 1903. If the man whom the award for the most outstanding college football player is named after coached this team, then it clearly has a storied history of excellence.
They’re making it rain, $2 at a time
Whenever the Clemson Tigers visit a new town, they apparently buy up tons of $2 bills and stamp each with an orange tiger paw (their logo). They then pay with them for everything, so that their signature can be seen far and wide — at least, if you’re someone who actually comes across a rare $2 bill.
Their stadium is a cemetery
The team has erected a “graveyard” at the entrance to their practice fields. Whenever they beat a ranked team on their rival’s home field, they add a tombstone commemorating the victory to the cemetery. Cause they killed it, obviously!
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