for the University of Alabama
football at Tuscaloosa (UAT) fan base, referencing
the Oscar winning movie Forrest Gump
starring Tom Hanks who plays
main character Forrest Gump
. Born mentally challenged (IQ of 75) in rural Alabama
for his blazing speed. It was noticed by Paul "Bear" Bryant (or "God" as far as bammers are concerned) as Gump
ran straight through a scrimmage. Bryant promptly offered him a scholarship to go to school
and play football at Alabama
despite his low IQ. Gump
excelled with his speed alone despite his lack of intelligence and general
lack of understanding
of the game. Gump
was worshipped by the Alabama
football fan base almost as much
as God (Bear Bryant). "Gump
Nation" is now primarily
used pejoratively to poke fun at the Alabama
football fan bases generally low intelligence, redneck trailer trash culture, and religious following
favorite football team
often renouncing their faith
football) after a loss.
"Most of Gump Nation didn't actually ever attend UAT, they were simply born
and like the football team because it shares the same name as their state of birth."
"Gump Nation, a very devout Christian
bunch, regards Bear
Bryant as God and Nick Saban as Jesus."
"The official rally cry of the University of Alabama
is "Roll Tide", pronounced "Row Tahd!" by Gump Nation.