When it comes to September 11th, you’d be hard pressed to find an American whose mind doesn’t jump straight to awful images and aftermath of the attacks levied against the country on that day in 2001. Even so, there are plenty of people who call 9/11 their birthday, whether they were born before, after, or even on the infamous day.
That goes for late Bear Bryant, the legendary University of Alabama football coach who achieved godlike status in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for his work with the Crimson Tide. He would have turned 100 years old today, and the University’s athletic department saw it fit to ask fans to honor him today with this tribute posted to it’s Facebook page:
“September 11, 2013 marks the centennial of the birth of legendary football coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant. To celebrate Coach Bryant's life and legacy, we are asking all Alabama football fans to change their profile pictures to this image on September 11th. Save this photo to your computer…then upload it as a new profile …then Learn more about the Centennial Celebration at bryant100.com.”
The picture, shown above, is of a hound’s-tooth hat, which Bryant made famous in day. However, the post has drawn the ire of some fans, alumni and those unaffiliated with the school for using today to honor anything other than the victims of 9/11.
"As an alumnus of The University of Alabama, I can see the relevance of this post, but as an American, I think this day has bigger implications," said Jarrod Daughtry. "How do you think Coach Bryant would want you to honor this day? Confident it wouldn't be in this fashion."
Brody Granger agreed.
"This post could have mentioned both dates in a diplomatic way," Granger wrote. "Instead it left off the more important one and it just seems weird to only talk about memorializing a college coach on a day that has much more significance to me."
However, some had no issue with the tribute,
"It's FACEBOOK!! Get over it," Leslie Fatz posted. "I'm perfectly capable of honoring a great man's birthday while not forgetting what happened on this day. People need to get off their high horses. If you don't want to participate, then don't! Jeez...everything is a freaking battle these days."