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BURGER BYTES: Crimson Tide Yard Work

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"It just turned out to be the biggest thing to happen around here in a long time," Alabama fan Sid Turner said.

Turner, 88-years-old, can't hide his love for the Crimson Tide.  About six years ago, his long time friend Mack Carden, gave him a big birthday present.

"It turned out a lot better than I anticipated," Carden said.  "I just took my hat off, drew it out with a zero turn mower."

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Two-hundred feet tall, 150 feet wide, Carden drew a script Alabama "A" without using a pattern.

"He'd say, 'what does that look like?'," Turner said. "'iIsay keep going, boy, you're going a good job.'

"He cut that thing out just as pretty as you ever seen it."

From the ground level, the pebbles aren't as impressive as if you were looking from a bird's eye view, satellite imagery from space, puts Rockford on the map.

"Anybody that wants to know where any thing is around here, they say 'you know where the big 'A' is?," Turner said.  "It's not too far from there.   Everyone knows where the big "A" is."

Over time, the giant script "A" would get an upgrade.

"W put lime on it, like they use at the football fields," Carden said.  "That didn't last very long, then we painted it.  Took a lot of paint and a lot of time."

The answer, 80 tons of white crushed marble rock.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has even seen a picture and put his stamp of approval on it.

"I wouldn't take one-hundred dollars for that," Turner said of an autographed picture of his front yard.

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