Alabama football coach Nick Saban is getting behind a state effort to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Saban has participated in a public service announcement that will air next week and will also feature SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, former Auburn basketball star Charles Barkley and former Auburn head coach-turned-U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville.
Saban, according to a recording of the PSA obtained by the Journal, says that fans and players both want full stadiums in the fall.
“Let’s make sure we can safely make this happen by getting vaccinated,” Saban is recorded saying. “Please get your COVID-19 vaccine. We want Bryant-Denny Stadium loud again this coming season — and Roll Tide!”
In a statement released Friday afternoon, state health officials thanked Saban and other high-profile sports figures for their public encouragement of COVID-19 vaccinations.