Torn allegiance keeps Mickey Andrews in balance for Florida State-Alabama – Tallahassee.com
Fomer FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews won two national titles as a player at Alabama.(Photo: Democrat file)Buy Photo
PENSACOLA – His emotional ties to both teams has Mickey Andrews naturally torn on how to handle allegiance and rooting interest.
His football life was shaped at Alabama while living a boyhood dream, playing for legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and winning two national titles.
But his coaching career — and his loyalty — was invested at Florida State, where he was the long-time defensive coordinator and won two national titles under another legendary coach, Bobby Bowden.
His decision? He will watch Saturday’s blockbuster opener between these two teams alone at home in Tallahassee.
“Nobody will know who I am pulling for or how things are going,” said Andrews, prior to his address to the Greater Pensacola Seminole Club at Seville Quarter last week. “I don’t think I will be disappointed in the outcome is the best way to put it
“People ask me, who are you going to pull for. I am going to pull for the Seminoles and I am going to pull for ‘Bama. The one good thing, I am not going to lose. I am going to have one team that wins.”
Andrews, who turned 75 in May, still looks and sounds like he could be directing a defense the way he did for 26 seasons at Florida State.
(Photo: Democrat file photo)
He reminds everyone that it took him until his senior year at Alabama to start. The quarterback on that 1964 title team? That would be Joe Namath. The freshman QB? That would be Kenny Stabler.
You get the idea how good that team was in that era.
As Andrews looks forward to Alabama-FSU — a