By Emily Lady
A sea of orange made up of almost 70,000 fans ushered in the entire Clemson football program to Memorial Stadium with a thundering applause of triumph. Bright smiles were shared among the faces of every fan, player, and coach during a vibrant parade that ended at the iconic Clemson landmark known as Death Valley.
The score of the most recent game played in college football was proudly displayed on the scoreboard indicating that Clemson’s victory over Alabama had been no dream. The players made a unique descent down the hill this time. There was a skip in their steps that told of success, and the warm reception by all of tiger nation reminded each player that their hard work had not gone unnoticed.
Even amidst the glittering decoration of the regal National Championship trophy that graced the platform at the center of the field, it was clear that for everyone there, Clemson was still home.
Celebration has not been a foreign concept throughout Coach Dabo Swinney’s career at Clemson, which features multiple ACC Championship and playoff wins. From the start, Dabo had a vision for the future of Clemson football: “Best is the standard.”
With his players behind him, the National Championship trophy before him, and the Clemson family all around him, Dabo addressed the crowd in a proud proclamation. The greatest thing about the Tiger’s most recent victory was how they won.
Being a National Champion comes from hard work and dedication. But as indicated by the commitment of each player and the leadership of Coach Swinney, being a Clemson Tiger is about having the heart of a winner on and off the field.
With a football program rooted in love and grounded in the importance of good character, Dabo inspirationally declared that the best is still yet to come for the Clemson Tigers.