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'Just keep playing hard'

Ahmad Childress

With all the injuries and inopportune penalties that have plagued the Tide this season, it's tempting to think that Alabama is snake-bit. But defensive tackle Ahmad Childress is having none of it. <br><br>"It makes you think that sometimes; the ball just bounces the wrong way," he acknowledged. "But we know if we keep playing hard that it will turn around."

With no championship or post-season bowl game to play for, this year's Tide team has had to rely solely on heart. "We just keep our head up and keep striving," Childress continued. "We need to learn how to finish ball games." Many fans ascribe to the unforgiving bromide "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." But athletes quickly learn that there's also honor in doing your best...

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