It seems as though bestowing good luck to a football team is becoming a theme for diehard Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt Jr.
In Jacksonville on Friday for the Taxslayer Bowl between Tennessee and Iowa, Earnhardt Jr. flipped the coin to determine who would receive the ball first. The Volunteers took the opening drive in for a touchdown and never looked back, winning 45-28.
“We wanted to start fast,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones told reporters afterward. “We thought that was critical in this game.”
As reported and posted by Fox Sports, Tennessee hadn’t won a bowl game in six years. Maybe Earnhardt helped the spell?
Well, it wouldn’t be ridiculous to think so.
Over the last couple of years, when Earnhardt has graced the Redskins radio booth, good things have happened, too.
In 2012, he jumped onto the broadcast and called a Roy Helu Jr. touchdown during the preseason. Two years later, he did it again, calling a Kirk Cousins touchdown pass to wide receiver Ryan Grant.
We’ll just have to see if Jones brings Earnhardt back for a coin flip at the start of next season.
He will definitely need him for the “Battle of Bristol” in September of 2016, when the infield at the 160,000-seat Bristol Motor Speedway will turn into a football field for Tennessee and Virginia Tech, hoping to attract the largest crowd in college football history.
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