Virginia family has a special connection to Alabama football

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Iron Bowl is just a few days away. The in-state rivalry battle has special meaning for a family from Virginia.

Mary Lou Henry and her daughter, Carey Keefe, have a special connection to Alabama football. Henry’s father Carney Laslie was an assistant coach under Paul Bear Bryant from 1958 until 1970.  He was known to be one of the best defensive line coaches in the country.

Laslie’s name is even on the Walk of Champions, this week was the first time Henry has seen her fathers name at Bryant-Denny stadium.

“Oh, he would be so thrilled and so excited to know that all of this was down here,” Henry said. “And for me it just makes my heart warm that they have remembered them all.

Coach Laslie’s granddaughter, Carey Keefe, is proud of what her grandfather accomplished at Alabama.  Under Coach Bryant, Laslie won three national championships in 1961, 1964 and 1965.

“It is amazing that he left a legacy that was so incredible,” Keefe said. “He lived his dream, but to see it continue on is quite amazing.”

Keefe and her mother live in Virginia, but their hearts are in Alabama and are cheering for the Crimson Tide to win in Auburn.

“We are expecting to win, its never an option,” Keefe said. “It gets very nerve racking, but we know Alabama will beat Auburn.”

Coach Carney Laslie died in 1970, but his family says his legacy at Alabama will live on forever.

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