Nick Saban urges Alabamians to wear masks to curb coronavirus tide

Alabama coach Nick Saban wears a mask for a PSA posted May 21, 2020 in which he urges mask-wearing and social distancing. (University of Alabama Athletics)
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By Tim Balk New York Daily News (TNS)

The coach of the Crimson Tide has advice to curb the coronavirus tide.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban, clad in a white-and-red “Roll Tide” mask, urged people to socially distance and cover their faces in a public service video tweeted by the team Thursday.

“All of us want to make sure we play football this fall,” Saban said. “And to make that happen, we must be sure we stay at home if we have symptoms. Wash your hands often, follow all social-distancing guidelines and please wear a mask anytime you’re around other people.”

The legendary gridiron tactician also scolded Big Al, the school’s mascot, for not wearing a mask in the video.

“Haven’t I told you, you have to wear a mask when you’re in this building?” Saban, 68, told the goofy gray costumed elephant.

Alabama’s COVID-19 death toll stood at 537 on Friday, according to health authorities.

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