In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about late starts for sporting events, especially big ones like Monday’s National Championship Game.

The game between Alabama and Georgia started after 8 p.m. Eastern time and didn’t end until midnight, which makes it hard for school kids on the East Coast to stay awake.

Even some NFL stars couldn’t stay up for the game, as Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (a former Alabama star) said he missed most of the game because he was sleeping (via

“I was actually asleep,” said Jones. “I watched the first two drives for each team and then I was out. I didn’t know until the next morning and I was like, ‘Oh, it was a good game.’”

Jones went on to respond to a question about why he doesn’t wear Alabama gear very often, saying everyone knows he was a former Crimson Tide star:

“I don’t need to wear Alabama stuff,” he said. “Everybody knows I love Alabama. I’m from Alabama. I went there. I don’t need to brag. You know? When you’re accustomed to things, you don’t brag.”

It’s safe to say Jones has seen the game by now, but perhaps the College Football Playoff can work on those late start times in the future.