Nick Saban nearly brought to tears by heartwarming Iron Bowl reunion

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Saturday was a special day in Alabama: The Iron Bowl, Senior Day and for one player, Lawrence Erekosima, a reunion with his mom.

The walk-on running back was among those being honored before the Tide's 30-12 victory over Auburn in Tuscaloosa.

Unbeknowst to Erekosima, his mom, who has been stationed with the U.S. Army in Kuwait, was awaiting for the perfect the moment to surprise her son. Erekosima's mom has been serving overseas since February and he did not expect her to return until next year.

Saban was clearly moved by the magnitude of the moment.

“For his mother to be able to come today, it almost made me cry,” Saban told