Over the past few years, the season of spring games has provided some lasting moments and images. Quite tellingly, almost none of them has had to do with actual football.
Because no matter what the coaches or beat writers tell you, football is not, primarily, what the spring games are about. They matter a little more than an average spring practice, but only because so many people are watching. In effect, they are no more important than the Wednesday afternoon that came before it.
Spring games are about pageantry and tradition, about rapture, about the long-missed sight of uniformed football players. In places that aren't so blessed to be tropical, it's about getting to sit outside for a sporting event. It's about wearing a smile nonstop.
Here are some moments that made us smile nonstop the past few years, moments that perfectly captured the spirit of the season.
Chime in below with your favorites that I might have missed.