The football field is all about tenacious moments. Guys are running into one another at high rates of speed for the pleasure of fans around the world. The game is also about the tender, human moments as well.
Calvin Ridley is a junior wide receiver for the University of Alabama, his brother, Riley, is a sophomore wide receiver for the University of Georgia. While one was dealing with heartbreak and the other with pure joy, they had an opportunity to talk after the game.
They even exchanged jerseys too.
Brothers first. pic.twitter.com/9dJBpl1af8
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) January 9, 2018
Calvin, wearing Riley’s jersey, after the game talked about how his brother went absolutely off on Alabama but how they “had to take it from him.”
Calvin Ridley while wearing his brother's jersey: "Shout out [Riley], you went crazy on us. Not too many people do that, but we had to take it from you. I love you." pic.twitter.com/u9QrMX80pW
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) January 9, 2018
According to ESPN, the brothers hadn’t talked in any capacity in the week leading up to the big game.
You can say what you like about either team, but these two are competitors of the highest order. After the game though, they revealed that being brothers still wins out over team fealty. The only way this could have come out better would be if one of the players played cornerback.
We will likely have to settle for these brotherly rematches in the National Football League instead. Ridley is a sure-fire first rounder and leaving on a National Championship is a great way to go out.