Vinnie, Sal Sunseri ‘joke around’ about Alabama-Tennessee rivalry

Vinnie Sunseri doesn’t wear the same colors as his dad anymore, but that doesn’t change their relationship. Well, not too much.

Vinnie Sunseri

Sal Sunseri is now the defensive coordinator at Tennessee after coaching Tide linebackers for three seasons. They still talk all the time, but the younger Sunseri misses seeing his father on the practice field in Tuscaloosa.

When they talk, football comes up.

“He asks how practice goes,” said Vinnie Sunseri, a safety and rising sophomore with the Tide. “I ask how practice goes. I’m still his son and he’ still my dad. I just try to talk to him like that.”

So there’s no trash talking?

“No, we joke around,” Vinnie Sunseri said. “I’ll say he doesn’t look good in that orange and he’ll say I don’t look good in that crimson, just little jokes like that.”

Though Sal Sunseri took the Tennessee job back in January, his wife Roxann and youngest daughter still live in Tuscaloosa. So the comfort of family remains nearby for the young Alabama safety.

“I still have to go home and let her do my laundry and cook for me,” Vinnie Sunseri said with a smile.


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