Alabama will add four new captains to its Walk of Fame ahead of its annual A-Day spring game Saturday when Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Eddie Jackson and Cam Robinson leave their hand and cleat prints in concrete slabs.
For those players – and others in recent years who have been added to the plaza around the Walk of Fame – they have less reason to worry about their names and prints wearing away over time.
But that’s less of the case for at least a significant portion of their predecessors – and there’s not much done that can be done to preserve them, Alabama assistant athletics director for facilities Brandon Sevedge told AL.com.
“We try to not pressure wash them and try to leave them alone as much as we can because anything you do further degrades them and makes it harder to read them,” Sevedge said.
When the tradition first began in 1948 and for some time after that, uniformity didn’t appear to be a concern as the slabs came in varying sizes and the type of concrete used was often different.
“We’ve looked at stuff but there’s really nothing,” Sevedge said. “If you start messing with them, they just look worse.”
Alabama, though, has since taken up uniformity with the tradition so all of the most recent ones look the same.
Nevertheless, the Walk of Fame will eventually run out of space many years from now, especially if it keeps having four captains per season. For most of its history, it’s usually been two or three.
Saturday’s Walk of Fame ceremony is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. CT, with A-Day kickoff at 2 p.m.
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