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This 'Bama story's a real Lou-Lou

7

January

A quick conversation with Alabama graduate-transfer WR Gehrig Dieter, who probably should be grateful his baseball-loving dad wasn't a Boof Bonser fan

That's a unique first name. Anything behind that?
"My dad's a huge Yankees, so Lou Gehrig, obviously one of the best Yankees of all time. He just loved the name and that's who I'm named after. My older brother's not a Yankee name but (is named) Nolan, after Nolan Ryan; and then my younger brother's Thurman after (former Yankees catcher) Thurman Munson. ... We all grew up baseball fans, and obviously grew up football fans but baseball was probably our first love."

Your mom went along with all that?
"I think she was trying to name my little brother Michael after Michael Jordan; his middle name's Michael. But my dad I think switched it at the last minute, I think. For the birth certificate he put Thurman instead of Michael so it was Thurman Michael. Put the old sneak attack on the names."

Were any of you three baseball players?
"Yeah, we all played baseball I think up to high school, and then we all kind of switched over to different sports. We all loved baseball, it was just kind of getting hard with the success we were having playing football and how much time we wanted to put into that." 

Lou Gehrig was No. 4. Did you wear that number growing up?
"Yeah, this is the first time I haven't been No. 4 in any sport (He's No. 11.) We had a receiver that had No. 4 when I got here and he transferred out, so I tried to get it again. Me and (defensive back) Eddie (Jackson) kind of were on the same specials teams, so I couldn't really get No. 4. No. 11 is what my mom wore in high school and college. I think it's a good number and I like it."

[Last modified: Saturday, January 7, 2017 1:37pm]

    

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