They may be rivals on the football field this week but players from Ohio and UAB came together Tuesday afternoon to swim with dolphins at Atlantis Paradise Island resort.
The Blazers and Bobcats players come from teams with intimidating mascots, but they were in awe when they got up close and personal with the world-famous dolphins.
“It was amazing,” Lee Dufour, UAB’s redshirt sophomore center said. “It was something I have always wanted to do. To come out here and get to touch and interact with the dolphins was incredible.”
The players watched the dolphins leap, flip, shake hands and even cry like a baby during their hour-long experience.
“It was really cool getting to see all of the tricks up close,” Javon Hagan, Ohio’s redshirt sophomore safety added. “The best part was watching the dolphins do front flips in front of us. I have never seen dolphins before.”
With some incredible memories created, the two teams will return to the gridiron Wednesday as they continue preparation for Friday’s Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.