March 09, 2009
William T. Sherman, taking the high road the country only wishes fellow Union general and eventual presidential disaster Ulysses Grant had also followed from crushing military victory, famously retired with no eye for politics: "If nominated I will not run. If elected I will not serve."
The analogy to Alabama receiver Julio Jones is apt -- like Sherman, Jones emerged from obscurity to torch most of an overmatched South as a true freshman, and like Sherman, Jones has never expressed any eye for office. The question now is whether Jones will follow the second half of the dictate after being elected to Alabama's student senate as a write-in candidate despite failing to mount any campaign whatsoever. Early indication, according to the Tuscaloosa News, is that he's up for the job:
Once it was determined that Jones actually won a seat, [UA elections board member Kelli] Knox-Hall contacted the athletics department. When reached, Jones said he would serve, she said.
"We were excited," Knox-Hall said. "He’ll be a good addition to the senate. There are a lot of athletes in human environmental sciences, so, hopefully, he can represent this college well."
Jones finds himself in elite company: Other write-in candidates for student body president included Charles Barkley, Gandhi, Sean Connery, Snoop Dogg, Fred Durst, Mickey Mouse, Pee Wee Herman and, of course, head coach Nick Saban, who finished well behind his star player with a mere six votes for president. You're telling me 18-22-year-olds remember Limp Bizkit but no one voted for Forrest Gump? Disappointing, children.