TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Barrett Jones wound up as a video star when he joined a mass celebration on Tuscaloosa’s Strip on Saturday night.
After Stanford beat Oregon, clearing a path for the Crimson Tide to rejoin the national championship race, fans hit the streets near campus, and plenty of online videos recorded the event. Some show Jones slapping hands with other fans and yelling, “Woohoohoo!”
“It wasn’t me,” the Alabama lineman joked Tuesday.
He confessed, however, saying this is the honest truth:
“I live right beside there,” he said. “I live within a quarter of a mile. So after it happened, everyone was just like running around the streets and everyone started running to The Strip. I mean, I’m in college, I got to at least see what it looks like.
“So I just walked down there and looked around, and all of the sudden there was just a mob of people and the next thing I knew, people were recognizing me, and I was getting mobbed and I started high-fiving people. I was probably down there for five minutes total and I ended up on every video. It was pretty crazy.”
An Alabama communications staff member joked with Jones about how he was wearing team-issued gear, which is what the Tide asks players to do for television interviews.
“Well, OK, I just hadn’t changed since after the game,” Jones said. “It wasn’t like I put on my team-issued gear and was like, ‘Oh! Recognize me!’ ”
Jones said he has caught some grief for landing in the video.
“Not from the guys here, but from people, yeah definitely got some grief,” he said. “But I don’t regret it. It was fun. It was a neat experience, and something I’ll never forget. But we have quickly refocused.”
Here’s the video, which we posted for you Sunday evening. Look for Jones at around the 1:43 mark.