When Clemson and Alabama met in the national championship game last year in Tampa, Fla., Travis Etienne was back at home in Jennings, La., watching the game with his mother.
Though he was being recruited by the Tigers, Etienne did not even have an offer from Clemson the day of the national championship game. He received an offer from Clemson on Jan. 12, three days after the national title game.
At the time, many felt the former 4-star running back was heading to LSU to play college football.
So when he was watching the game with his mom, Etienne did not like the Tigers’ chances of winning the game.
“She was rooting for Clemson and I was kind of like ‘they’re not going to win.’ I was like, ‘This is ‘Bama Mom,’ and that whole thing,” Etienne said on Wednesday. “So we kind of watched the game in separate rooms and of course I could hear her screaming when they scored the (winning) touchdown. That’s how that happened,” he said with a big smile.
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