Look just like the star athlete at Bayside high school: The great A.C. Slater.

Bayside Football on the front.

Slater 6 on the back.

Albert Clifford “A.C.” Slater (played by Mario Lopez) is a popular jock who excelled in most sports (particularly football and amateur wrestling). An Army brat, he is an outsider, having transferred to Bayside in the first filmed episode (which aired later as a flashback). A.C. mentions that he has been to Bolivia, Italy, Iceland, and Berlin among other places. He becomes the school’s star athlete, excelling as a wrestler and the quarterback of the football team, but does not excel in the class room.

His father, Martin (a Major in the U.S. Army), appears in two episodes. His mother, Lorraine, however, is not in any episodes. He also has a younger sister named J.B. whom Zack briefly began dating, much to Slater’s chagrin. In the season four episode “Love Machine,” his ex-girlfriend from Berlin visits and calls him by his real name, “Albert Clifford “.

Much like Voorhies, Lopez was able to captivate the show’s producers into casting him into a role that was originally written to be Caucasian. This issue of Slater’s ethnicity is addressed in “Slater’s War” from The College Years, where it is revealed that 25 years earlier A.C.’s father changed his last name from Sanchez to Slater so he could get into the military academy. Although the episode reveals that A.C. does not fluently understand Spanish, A.C. is seen speaking broken Spanish to the kitchen staff of the Malibu Sands Beach club.

At the start of freshman year in Saved by the Bell, Slater arrives as a transfer student, immediately making an enemy of Zack Morris by attempting to make a move on Kelly Kapowski. Both boys end up in detention after schemes to be with Kelly backfire on both of them. While in detention, Slater reveals to Zack that he had transferred in and out of various schools throughout his life due to his father being a Major in the army. Their mutual understanding of a father putting something else before his son would serve as the ice breaker between the two (Zack’s own father was too busy with his job and never paid attention to him or his academics). By the end of the first season, Zack and Slater find themselves bonding over similar social standing, popularity among women, and athletic ability. During Season 2, the rivalry between the two is toned down, and they begin to become friends. Slater grew into the habit of calling Zack “Preppie” which he at first intended as an ongoing insult, but once they became friends, Slater used the term as an affectionate nickname for Zack. Slater goes on to date feminist Jessie Spano on and off for the remainder of High School.

Throughout the course of the show, Slater and Zack compete for many other girls which often puts a strain on their friendship (one instance culminated in a brawl between the two early in Senior Year.) In the end though, their friendship is more important to them than any girl that would possibly come between them. (Wikipedia)

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  • Adult – Cardinal Red 100% Cotton Gildan T-Shirt
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