Alabama long snapper Carson Tinker has seen a lot during his time in Tuscaloosa, and Monday was one that he will never forget.
“You really have to earn it, so it's an honor,” Tinker said. “It's an answered prayer, honestly. I'm very thankful.”
Tinker has seen a lot during his time in Tuscaloosa.
He has been a part of two national championship teams, one SEC championship team and will start at long snapper this season, as Alabama hopes to make it three championships in four years.
But it is his impact off the field that makes his story inspirational.
He and his girlfriend, Ashley Harrison, were thrown from a closet inside a house when an EF-4 tornado hit Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011. Harrison tragically lost her life in the storm.
After the tragic event, Tinker emerged as an inspiration.
He worked hard to lead the recovery efforts, including visits to families whose lives were also affected by the tornado. His story appeared in Sports Illustrated, on ESPN's SportsCenter and various other outlets in the weeks and months following the tornado.
“It really is inspiring to see the impact I can have on people outside football,” Tinker told AL.com. “I've said this a long time ago and it's been my mantra: to be a blessing to people. That's something I try to do every day.”
It's nice to see good things happen to good people. He has worked hard to turn a negative into a positive, and has been rewarded by the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Congrats to Carson Tinker.