Alabama defensive back Tony Brown could focus on the big game, not the devastation back home. 
His ailing father made it to safety, thanks to the university.
Brown is a native of Beaumont, Texas, which is about 85 miles east of devastated Houston. The family home was affected by the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
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The school's Web site says a private plane picked up Brown's father, who suffered a stroke during his son's senior year of high school and isn't in the best of health.
He was expecting to watch the game in either Tuscaloosa or Birmingham. 
 (Vasha Hunt/ via AP)
During his radio show Thursday night, Alabama coach Nick Saban said the university set up a helicopter to take Brown's father to College Station, Texas. 
But the helicopter couldn't be arranged, so Alabama sent the private plane to pick up Brown's father, mother and sister.
His mother is in Atlanta able to attend the game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.