Will Anderson, Jr. Has a New Name For Crimson Tide Fans
Alabama fans, whether they know it or not, are widely known by a unifying title. Those that bear the crimson and white are commonly referred to as "Gumps", referencing the Tide's most famous fictional player, Forest Gump.
As Alabama prepares to face off against Georgia again, this time with a national title on the line, Crimson Tide faithful have taken it upon themselves to flood social media with support for their favorite team, crowding timelines everywhere with what has now become the calling card of an Alabama fan.
The Gi emoji.
Referencing the signature Crimson Crane celebration of many of Alabama's players, "Gump Twitter", as it's known, has drawn together ahead of the national title game with the aim of making sure every single Twitter user on the planet sees the emoji at some point before Monday.
Will Anderson, Jr. was asked about the new trend emerging among Tide fans on social media and responded with a laugh, doing his best to explain the movement to reporters.
Anderson said, "On my [timeline] that's all I've been seeing," the linebacker continued, laughing, "I think I saw something like 'Gumpster'. I don't know the backstory, but I think it's cool. It just shows you how much of a support system we have, so we appreciate those guys."
Though Anderson was just slightly off in his terminology, the sophomore linebacker has his earned own nickname of "The Terminator", so I, nor anyone else, will be correcting him on the subject.
From this point forward, as far as I'm concerned, Bama fans will simply be known as "Gumpsters".
Alabama takes on the Georgia Bulldogs in Indianapolis on Monday with a shot at winning their second straight national title and will need all the "Gumpster" support they can get.