Alabama coach Nick Saban may have only recently , but he's far more versed in making Zoom calls. That could be due to recruiting amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but Saban has used that knowledge to make the day of one longtime Crimson Tide die-hard.
World War II veteran Major Wooten received a surprise Zoom call from Saban as the 103-year-old sat in hospice care. Wooten has been an Alabama fan since 1938 when he took time away from work to watch Alabama play California in the Rose Bowl. Since then, he's lived a long life that included landing on the beaches of Normandy in France. It has been Wooten's wish to meet Saban, and though that wasn't possible in person due to social distancing guidelines, Saban still came through with a virtual visit.
WVTM Reporter Rick Karle shared the video on his Twitter account, which can be seen below.
.@AlabamaFTBL #NickSaban surprises 103-yr-old WWII vet w/ FaceTime call!— Rick Karle WVTM 13 (@RickKarle) May 7, 2020
Major Wooten of Cullman, AL is in hospice, has dreamed of meeting the coach for years.
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"I'm glad to see you doing well and ... you being a veteran, we really appreciate your service and all that you did," Saban said. "I can't imagine landing on Utah Beach back in the day. That must have been quite an experience. We appreciate your support all these years and hope you have many more years to come."
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