November 17, 2007

Senior Day emotions running high for Britt

For most of the parents visiting for Senior Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday, a sense of finality will overcome them as they watch their sons play their last home game for Alabama.

For Vera Britt, the feeling will be anything but final. The mother of offensive guard Justin Britt, Vera suffered near-fatal head injuries earlier this season in an accident following UA's Homecoming win over Houston. And according to Justin, his mother's unlikely recovery has gone well enough for her to attend the Senior Day festivities.

Louisiana-Monroe at Alabama
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Records: Alabama (6-4, 4-3 SEC); La.-Monroe (4-6, 3-3 Sun-Belt)
The line: Alabama by 25
Television: None live.
"My mom is going to get to go on the field in the wheelchair - it's going to be an emotional day," said Britt. "It's a miracle for her to be able to come to my last game at Bryant-Denny. I've been thinking about it all week."

Other key seniors playing for the final time at home include Simeon Castille, Wallace Gilberry, Darren Mustin, Marcus Carter, Keith Saunders, DJ Hall. Keith Brown and Matt Caddell. But for Britt, the day will be a little more special.

"It's just a blessing for him," said safety Rashad Johnson.

Coach Nick Saban said he made sure seniors were recognized in their final home games when he was the coach at LSU.

"There will be some guys that have had great careers and other guys that haven't had as many accolades relative to what they've been able to accomplish," Saban said. "But it's an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment."

A week after his mother's injury, Britt missed Alabama's road win over Ole Miss to be with her, and at the time, her chances for survival were questionable at best. The following week, however, Vera Britt made a turn for the better, and has been on the mend ever since. Britt said she was released from the hospital on Nov. 6, and has begun rehabilitation.

"Mentally she's starting over, re-learning things," Britt said. "But there's a good thing though - the doctor told her now's the time she can learn piano or a new langauge. Her brain is just starting over."

As the mother of three sons who all played offensive line for the Crimson Tide, however, football isn't likely to be among the things that she will need a refresher on.

"I'm a mama's boy - I won't lie," Britt said. "Me and her have always been the closest."

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