Five years ago, 243 Alabamians died from tornados.

I hate that day happened. I hate I turned on the TV and saw my sweet home ripped up. I hate that I wasn't here to help. I hate I couldn't talk to family for days because there was no cell service. I hate I kept reading about the Crimson Tide football player's girlfriend who was here until she wasn't. I hate the stands and the fields are still ripped up in places. I hate I have a day blazed into my brain that hurt a lot of folks back home.

But that day showed me how homesick my heart was. And that day led to Old Try.

I can't hate it for that.