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Former SEC stars light up Twitter during Alabama-Clemson title game

Monday’s College Football Playoff national championship game between Alabama and Clemson ignited Twitter – and top SEC figures were in the middle of the excitement.

Past stars from around the conference took to social media during the wild, back-and-forth contest, which wasn’t settled until the Tigers’ last-second touchdown to defeat the unbeaten Crimson Tide, 35-31.

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The day started early for former Gators’ quarterback Tim Tebow. The Heisman Trophy winner was part of the ESPN broadcast team before the kickoff.

Tyrann Mathieu, the former LSU star now with the Arizona Cardinals, saw something early on in Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, who ended up making the game-deciding catch with one second to play.

In the first half, Alabama’s Ryan Anderson forced two turnovers on defense. Those plays drew the attention of former Tide teammate T.J. Yeldon, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, awaiting his first divisional playoff game after joining Dallas from Mississippi State, couldn’t take his eyes away from the 420-yard passing outing of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who played at Alabama, was excited – really excited – after a 30-yard Jalen Hurts touchdown run gave Alabama a 31-28 lead with just over two minutes to go.

Former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, now a Pro Bowl star with the Arizona Cardinals, wasn’t ready for the action to end. He wanted overtime – and almost got it.

Former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, who won a national championship of his own 20 years ago, knew the emotional excitement for the Clemson players.

Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram gave credit to the Tigers for their effort against Ingram’s Crimson Tide.

One more former Tide back, Kenyan Drake of the Miami Dolphins, didn’t get the result he wanted, but he knew the game was a football classic.

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