The Tuscaloosa tornado was part of an outbreak over a span of more than three days that spawned more than 350 twisters, killed more than 300 people and caused an estimated $11 billion in damage.
President Barack Obama, touring Alabama, said he had "never seen devastation like this."
Tinker returned to the team this fall, helping the Crimson Tide to the verge of another national championship, the game of football giving him a chance to achieve some sense of normalcy.
"I feel like this season, Tinker has stepped up and been our unsung hero," said linebacker Dont'a Hightower. "I feel like he's tried to lead us as much as possible."
"I felt like him coming back so fast kind of helped," added quarterback A.J. McCarron, "because he was around guys that loved him, not just for being No. 51 on the field and being our snapper, but he's a great guy off the field, and any time you can bounce back real fast around loved ones, people that love you, it's definitely going to help you recover through some tough times."
Tinker has begun to speak at churches on Sunday, giving a testimonial about living for the future and not the circumstances of today. Folks always want to give him something in return, he said, and he always asks that money be donated to scholarships set up in Harrison's honor: at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, the University of Alabama, even a fund set up in memory of their pets that died.
In the field across the street from where that house once stood, three small wooden crosses were put in the ground in the weeks after the tornado. One for Harrison, one for each of the dogs.
A lasting memorial of a night nobody will forget.
"I'm glad lot of people have come up to me and told me that I've inspired them to do something," Tinker said, "and that's something I enjoy, and I get satisfaction from, being a blessing to others.
"I kind of hate how I got a spotlight put on me, though," he said. "Everybody sees me, but there were 51 people who died in the tornado just in Tuscaloosa. There are so many people hurting. But I'm glad I have the platform I do. God has done so much in my life."
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