Y’all can sleep in Sunday morning because Clemson took us all to church during Saturday’s championship celebration at Memorial Stadium.
The place was so packed, they had to open the upper deck on a morning it was supposed to rain. An estimated 65,000 were on hand, and Mother Nature held off. Dabo Swinney said it was because God was a Clemson fan.
The Tigers showed off their wares as national champions for the first time since 1981. Thirty-five years is a long time to wait to enter the land of milk and honey, but here they are:
Multiple players spoke during the celebration, including linebacker Ben Boulware and quarterback Deshaun Watson. Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins took the field as only he can:
My man giving the people what they want. pic.twitter.com/62DONvlg6x— Woody Whitehurst (@woodywhitehurst) January 14, 2017
So did Clemson’s mascot:
Even an Alabama fan came to the altar:
A guy on the field with a Jalen Hurts shirt on. pic.twitter.com/3Ub6YF4BWY— ClemsonEditz (@ClemsonEditz_) January 14, 2017
Swinney took the stage last and gave what amounted to an invocation. He paused at times to collect himself as he thanked a long list of people who had a hand in Clemson’s program since he took over in 2009. In peak Dabo style, he even noted after quoting Philippians 4:13 that Nos. 4 and 13 connected at the end of the game. Watson’s sprint out pass to TE Hunter Renfrow won the game and the title for the Tigers.
When it was over, the emcee’s final words were “and all God’s children said ‘go Tigers.’”
On this morning, it certainly was true.