The Top Five Alabama Receivers Of All-Time
Who is the greatest receiver in Alabama history? there are a lot to choose from and it's hard to make a list like this because I know I will have forgotten someone who probably deserves to be on here. This list is not really about numbers, although it will play a small part, but who in my opinion was and is the most clutch players at this position in my eyes.
5. Al Bell
Many young Crimson Tide fans won’t remember Bell because he played in the 1980’s with former Crimson Tide head coach and quarterback Mike Shula. Bell was a transfer who made an immediate impact on the team especially in the 1985 season.
After coming off a 5-6 season in 1984, the Tide had to open the 85 season with Georgia, not an easy game by no means. With only a few minutes to go in the game, Georgia took the lead on a block punt.
Mike Shula marched the team down the field and Bell would catch the winning touchdown with only seconds to go to lead the Tide to victory. Bell played an important part in that season with his amazing catches and reverse runs.
He became Shula’s most clutch receiver that year and played a huge role in leading Bama to a victory in that memorable 1985 Iron Bowl against Auburn.
4. Joey Jones
Joey Jones was not the biggest guy on the team, but he had the biggest heart. The 5-9 receiver was on Bear Bryant’s last team in the early 80’s. Jones was known for his great catches when he would sacrifice his body just to make a spectacular play.
One of his most memorable catches was when he was a player with the now default USFL’s Birmingham Stallings. Jones caught a pass that made his body parallel with the field. He looked like Superman without the cape.
3. Julio Jones
The only reason this Jones is not higher on the list is because I see greater things to come for this young man. He didn’t have the numbers of an AJ Green of Georgia, but in most experts opinions, he was more skilled and more dangerous with the ball then Green. JJ was good as advertise coming into the 2008 season and he did not disappoint.
He made plays that would normally be made by veteran receivers and made the guys covering him look silly. Memorable plays: The first touchdown catch of the season against Clemson, the over shoulder grab against Georgia.
By the end of the season teams were doubling him, so he wasn’t as effective as he was in the beginning of the year, but if he gets some help on the other side, watch out. Jones for Heisman is not out of the rim of possibility.
2. Don Hutson
When you talk about great Alabama receivers, most people forget about Don Hutson. Just about every pro receiving record is or was held by this man, but he is mostly forgotten mainly because he played in an era that most people forget about and that’s the 1930’s.
Most fans do not realize that Alabama’s dominance in football didn’t begin in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but started in the 30’s with Hutson and a certain legendary head coach. Hutson was an All-American in 1934 and is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1. David Palmer
Yes the deuce. Palmer was best known as a kick return specialist, but we forget that this man was a wide receiver. Any time he was on the field or touched the ball he was dangerous. He could be at out wide out or quarterback.
Palmer saved Alabama’s undefeated season in 1992 when he ran back a punt return against Louisiana Tech and kept Bama’s streak alive against Tennessee one year when he lined up under center and scored a touchdown to tie the Vols, preventing a Bama loss.
Palmer’s versatility is why he is the number one receiver on my list.
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