- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. (AP) - Football can’t rebuild homes and families, not even in a football-mad state like Alabama. But the game can provide inspiration and hope.

Especially in the aftermath of the devastating tornados that ripped through the state.

Since the storms on April 27 _ which killed 43 people and damaged or destroyed more than 5,000 homes in Tuscaloosa alone _ “Roll Tide” has taken on new meaning. The saying, which usually stands for greetings and goodbyes and many things in between, now sends the message, “We can do this.”

Alabamians from all over the state and people from around the country have descended on the state to help. And lifelong Tuscaloosa resident Keith Avery says “Roll Tide” supplies a quick pick-me-up, the saying “instills a ray of hope.”

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