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The $30,000 football is in pieces
April 17, 2012James F Byrnes Freshman Academy
The University of Alabama’s eight-pound, glass football shattered on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at their A-Day scrimmage by a former parent, who tripped on the rug beneath the football.
The Coaches’ Trophy, which was crystal and hand-made in Ireland, was knocked off of its podium at their annual spring football game.
The trophy was out so fans could see the trophy, but when a former football player’s parent was walking, his foot caught on the rug, which made the light-weight crystal ball roll on to the floor and shatter.
The university is attempting to replace the $30,000 crystal ball as soon as possible, said a university spokes person, according to Alex Scarborough of TideNation.
Although this is the first time this has happened to an Alabama glass football, it isn’t the first time it has happened in history.
In 2008, Florida’s crystal ball broke when a recruit was looking at the ball and dropped it, causing it to shatter.
A trophy manager for the American Football Coaches Association said he uses adhesive tape to secure the ball when it is being seen around the country because it is such a fragile piece of art.
Mazzy Carver, a student at Byrnes Freshman Academy, said, “They should have put a clear box around the ball, so people could still look, but it would be more safe.”
Nick Miller, an athlete at Byrnes, said, “They just need to keep it where people can’t get close enough to damage it.”
Isaiah Hill, an athlete at Byrnes, said, “It wasn’t the school or the person’s fault because it was an accident and accidents happen.”
“But the school might want to invest on a new way to protect it,” said Mazzy Carver.