Fans roar: Clemson returns home as national champs
Clemson is the new home of the College National Football Champions.
Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 in a rematch of last year's title game.
Thousands of fans waited Tuesday afternoon to welcome back the Tigers. Clemson won its last championship in 1981. Many in the crowd weren't even alive then.
"Oh, I'm excited just to be a part of this magical moment. I know a lot of folks before me, and they didn't get to see this moment," said Micah Nguyen, from Easley.
People of all ages filled the crowd, which the players appreciated.
"It feels great. We've got the best fans in the country, all the glory to God. You can see it's overwhelming. It's unbelievable. It's so surreal," Clemson sophomore Linebacker Jalen Williams said.
Players signed autographs and enjoyed the win with the fans. The welcome home party put an exclamation mark on an amazing day for Tigers fans.
"My whole family started crying. Yeah, they started crying. They were excited," Dalton Boyter said about Clemson's last-second, game-winning touchdown.
The National Championship flew over the welcome home party. Tigers fans will celebrate even more this weekend.
The championship parade starts at Memorial Stadium Saturday morning at 9:30.