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Life-long Crimson Tide fan who spent final wish visiting Bryant-Denny passes away over the weekend

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Surrounded by the entire family on the field. Surrounded by the entire family on the field.
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TUSCALOOSA, AL. (WSFA) -

A life-long fan of Crimson Tide football spent one of his last days fulfilling a dream he's held for years. Thomas Scarborough knew his time was short, so he spent it in the most amazing way he could imagine, surrounded by loved ones while touring the facilities of the University of Alabama's athletics complex.

Mr. Scarborough invited our cameras along to capture the emotional day.

"This is the one thing I wanted to see, if I never see anything else in my life," Scarborough said while sitting in the BCS National Champs' locker room. Scarborough and his family spent the day taking pictures and looking at anything they wanted to see.

Confined to a wheelchair, Scarborough admitted it's wasn't' easy for him. He's was paraplegic and suffered from the results of a dump truck accident. He also suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and battled lung issues, as well as nerve problems. "But I try not to let it hold me back," he explained.

"Dealing with patients that are in their end-of-life, we want to make this as smooth as possible," explained Lindsey Ashcraft of Comfort Care Hospice of Wetumpka, the organization that made the all-access tour of Bryant-Denny Stadium possible. Her other goal: to make the trip as memorable as possible for the entire Scarborough family.

She certainly gave the Tide fan something to talk about.

Dressed in familiar crimson and white and riding around in his power chair with a young child on his lap, Mr. Scarborough soaked in as much as he could; his love of the Tide was evidently passed down through the generations as the boy on his lap sported a hounds tooth hat of his own made famous by the late coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

"You can tell it means a lot to him," said Assistant Athletics Director Tommy Ford. "He said he's been to one game here in 40 years or so, and seems to be blown away by the size and magnitude of Bryant-Denny."

"It was tough," Scarborough said when he learned of the trip. "But I wanted to be here." He viewed the lockers of some of his favorite players, sat and looked out over the vast stadium from a private box and made it down to the field to see it all from the players' point-of-view.

No all-access tour is complete without being surrounded by the entire family, each smiling and holding each other while posing for a photo on the 50-yard line.

Family and friends say Mr. Scarborough passed away over the weekend, two weeks after his joyous trip to Tuscaloosa.

We are very appreciative that he allowed us the privilege of joining him for such a special event, and we wish the family our most sincere condolences at his passing.

Thousands of Facebook fans, of various competing football teams, put aside their rivalry for a moment and said "Roll Tide" for Mr. Scarborough.

From an Auburn graduate to Mr. Scarborough, Roll Tide, sir.

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