Video: Nick Saban Surprises 103-Year-Old WW2 Vet Major Wooten with FaceTime Call

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 8, 2020

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on against the Michigan Wolverines in the first quarter of the Vrbo Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 1, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Alabama football head coach Nick Saban surprised Private 1st Class Major Wooten, a 103-year-old World War II veteran who served in France, with a FaceTime call.

Rick Karle of WVTM 13 provided video:

Rick Karle WVTM 13 @RickKarle

.@AlabamaFTBL #NickSaban surprises 103-yr-old WWII vet w/ FaceTime call! Major Wooten of Cullman, AL is in hospice, has dreamed of meeting the coach for years. Details https://t.co/y7Q3PG3F6H @UofAlabama @Greg_Byrne @GregSankey @darrenrovell #Bama #RollTide @USArmy #GoodNews https://t.co/Vs8tuliIDP

Wooten told Saban he's been an Alabama fan since 1938.

Per Karle, Wooten landed on Utah Beach in 1944 and helped repair railroad cars destroyed by German soldiers. His efforts helped liberate soldiers and their families in France, and he returned to the United States after the war ended.

Wooten worked at U.S. Steel for almost 40 years upon his return.