TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama center Barrett Jones admitted Tuesday he actually has seen the forgettable ESPN movie from 2002, “The Junction Boys.”
It’s about legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant‘s time at Texas A&M when he held a harsh training in Junction, Texas. Tom Berenger starred as Bryant, and the movie was filmed in Australia. Alabama and Texas A&M will play in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, which brought to mind the Bryant connection in Jones’ media interview after Wednesday’s practice.
“The only thing I remember about the movie is some guy almost died and they had to put him in ice,” Jones said.
Although stories about that training camp indicate the players went through a tough 10 days, Jones said he figured “it was a movie, and they are always over-dramatic in movies, especially about football.”
“High school football movies, they’ve got huge people out there who look like they’re in the NFL, and they’re probably 28,” Jones said. “We don’t do everything quite like the movies. It’s hard, but it’s not that hard.
“We’ve never had anybody die.”