TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron became a New York Yankees fan simply because he wanted to be different.
McCarron recalls his entire family and “everybody down South” being Atlanta Braves fans so he decided to pick the sports’ most popular team.
This season, McCarron was able to interact with some of the Yankees’ biggest names.
“Before the Auburn game, I got to talk on the phone with A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez),” McCarron said. “I met Derek Jeter before the LSU game. Coach (Joe) Girardi came and talked to us (before the season). It’s almost like living in a dream in a way because I’ve met guys that I’ve watched and watched coach for so many years. Now I’m talking to them on the phone and meeting them in person. It’s just pretty surreal.”
McCarron said his conversation with Rodriguez was set up by Trevor Moawad, Alabama’s mental conditioning coach who also works with the Yankees.
McCarron said he learned that Rodriguez was a fan of his and that Girardi played video of former Tide center Barrett Jones shoving McCarron in the BCS National Championship win over Notre Dame.
“(He told them) that’s the passion they need within their club again and stuff like that,” he said. “It’s just pretty crazy that they’ve watched me before and are fans of me. Like I said, it’s unbelievable.”