TUSCALOOSA – The Iron Bowl is always special to Alabama alumnus Al Jones, but this time it meant something more.Jones, a Decatur native, was honored on the field in the first quarter of the Iron Bowl. The lone remaining member of the Alabama-Auburn Perfect Attendance Club, he attended his 67th Iron Bowl on Saturday, every game since the series resumed in 1948.“I never missed one, and that’s sort of kept me going,” Jones said. “Once you’ve seen about 30 of them, you just say, ‘Well, I’m not going to miss one now.’”After the series came to a halt in 1907, the Tide and Tigers matched up again when Jones was a student in Alabama. The Perfect Attendance Club was started in the early 1950s by Jones’ longtime friends Dick Coffee and Oakley Melton.Last season was the first game Jones saw as the only member of the club. This year was the first time he’s seen a game in Tuscaloosa without a fellow member.“I’m very fortunate that I’ve been in good health this whole time,” Jones said. “It’s brought a lot of joy to me and made a lot of friends that have been following the situation. That’s something real special and I appreciate it.”Jones’ 89th birthday is on Christmas day. Being recognized in front of 101,821 fans and receiving an honorary football, that’s not a bad present.“I really didn’t think I had done anything special. But now I feel like it has been special,” Jones said. “It has been something special. It is special. It just is. I’ll be 89 on Christmas, it’s more special every year really.” Love is stronger than Iron For one day a year, the Iron Bowl tears households apart when school allegiances test the strength of family loyalty.On Saturday, the Iron Bowl brought the opposing sides together.Auburn alumnus Rob Harrison proposed to Alabama alumnus Megan Bennett in front of Denny Chimes, just hours before kickoff.She said ‘Yes.’“We’re testing our relationship. We said if we make it through today, we’ll be OK,” Bennett said. “I had no idea he was going to pull out a massive rock.”Harrison coordinated and planned for three months to make sure Bennett’s parents and best friend was in attendance.“She just said, ‘Let’s get along for this, and just tell me it’s going to be the best Iron Bowl ever,’” Harrison said. “And is said, ‘It will be the best Iron Bowl ever.’ “Harrison even had the courtesy to wear neutral colors instead of an orange Auburn shirt.“I told him, ‘You must love me more than you love Auburn.’ So I guess he does,” Bennett said.No doubt, this will be the couple’s favorite Iron Bowl memory.“It’ll be a good Iron Bowl. There’s no way we can have a bad one at this point,” Bennett said. “But still, Roll Tide.” Santa’s a Bama fan Fans at the Iron Bowl got some pregame holiday cheer from the crimson Kris Kringle. Alabama fan Fred Key, an antique auctioneer who doubles as a Santa Claus in his hometown of Greensboro, brought his full holiday attire with him to Bryant-Denny to take pictures with fans before the game.“I’ve been being a Santa for about 32 years. I usually do it the last home ball game,” Key said. “(The best part is) the thrill you see of children seeing Santa Claus.”Key takes his role to heart. He trims his flowing white beard throughout the year so he’s in full Santa form by season’s end. Adults and children alike reveal him their Christmas lists. He said many wish for a new car or a new toy. Someone even asked him for a husband.Whether he’s talking to an Auburn or Alabama fan, Key gives his holiday wishes the same way.“Merry Christmas, Roll Tide.” Broadway Joe Alabama legend Joe Namath joined the crew of ESPN’s College GameDay as the celebrity guest to make his pick for the Iron Bowl. Wearing his trademark fur coat, Namath of course picked the Tide to come away victorious.GameDay staple Lee Corso – known for his “headgear picks” – joined Namath with a fur coat of his own. Corso topped it off with Big Al’s head.