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Community embraces football season

Originally Published: September 2, 2011
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The physical wounds that Alabama long-snapper Carson Tinker suffered when the tornado struck on April 27 are nearly gone. The gash that opened his right ankle has diminished to a scratch. The scar on Tinker's right wrist, where he underwent an operation to reattach a ligament to the bone, is red and raised. It is ugly, and it is healing.

"I got scars all over my body," Tinker said. "It's not like I focus on that or anything. But when I look at myself in the mirror, ...

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