We start off with a quick trivia question that will have a short shelf life. Without looking, can you name the only team in the National Football League that didn't have a former Alabama player on the roster heading into training camp for the 2020 season?
Here's a hint, it's one of the closest franchises physically to Tuscaloosa, one that's regularly considered a local broadcast by league standards.
It's the New Orlean Saints.
I know, weird, right?
Even though players are going to get cut and there will be a few NFL teams lacking a Crimson Tide presence this season, the fact that Alabama had nearly had the league blanketed at any point has been remarkable.
There's no way of verifying it, but we'd guess it would be an NFL first should Alabama ever have a player on each of the 32 teams.
The Crimson Tide has been very close for years during the Nick Saban era.
A couple of major steps toward achieving that occurred a couple of years.
For one, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who hadn't had much of a Crimson Tide presence on the team since cornerback Deshea Townsend left the team in 2009, added three Alabama players including outstanding defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. It then used a first-round draft pick on running back Najee Harris in 2021.
The Denver Broncos, who hadn't selected an Alabama player since Triandos Luke in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, took Jerry Jeudy in 2020.
But that wasn't the oldest draft drought for the Crimson Tide. The Philadelphia Eagles went from landing Freddie Milons in the 2002 NFL Draft, until taking Jalen Hurts.
Did that count since he played for Oklahoma during his final season?
Well, his degree is from Alabama ... and the Eagles added Devonta Smith and Landon Dickerson in the 2021 NFL Draft.