Dabo Swinney has No. 81 jersey retired at Pelham High School


PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Dabo Swinney will never be known for his accolades inside the state of Alabama. He will forever been known for his success against the Crimson Tide while the coach at Clemson.

However, on Friday night, back in his old state, Swinney is the toast of the town.

At halftime of their game, Pelham retired Swinney’s No. 81 jersey.

Since Clemson played on Thursday night, Swinney was able to be there for the special moment.

“I played every snap,” said Swinney. “Corner, receiver, long snapper. I hardly came off the field.

Swinney played at Pelham in the late 90’s before walking on at Alabama and winning the 1992 national title.

“A lot of good memories for me,” he said. “It’s the relationships, the teammates, the funny times in the field house, the work ethic and toughness instilled in me through my experience here in Pelham.

Check out the ceremony with Swinney above.

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