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UA Mascot Big Al

Big Al, the University of Alabama's elephant mascot, dates back to the 1930s and the coaching tenure of Wallace Wade. During a game against the University of Mississippi, a fan in the stands referred to the Alabama linemen as "elephants" because they were larger than the Ole Miss players; journalists soon began referring to them as the Red Elephants.
Courtesy of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress.