Shaun Alexander could have plowed through a Buick in his college years. He was broad-shouldered and full of speed.
Selected 19th overall in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Alexander was one of the best running backs the country had ever seen.
When Alexander arrived at Alabama, he wasted no time breaking records.
In 1996, as a redshirt freshman, the Gene Stallings recruit rushed for a record 291 yards and four touchdowns en route to the Tide's 26-0 victory over longtime rival LSU at Tiger Stadium.
In the fourth quarter of the 1999 Iron Bowl versus in-state rival Auburn, Alexander led the team to a come-from-behind win with his three rushing touchdowns.
Shaun Alexander also played a huge role in the 1999 SEC Championship Game against Florida. In overtime, Shaun ran 25 yards for the game-winning touchdown against the No. 3 ranked Gators.
When Alexander finally got his chance in the NFL, in his second season with the Seahawks, he wasted no time showing his talent once again.
Shaun Alexander rushed for 1,318 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first year as a starter for Seattle. On November 11, 2001, he ran for a franchise-record 266 yards on 35 carries against Oakland's ever-dominant defense.
In 2002, Alexander started all 16 games on his way to an NFL-leading (and franchise-record) 16 touchdowns. Against the Minnesota Vikings that same year, he had four rushing touchdowns and one 80-yard reception for a touchdown in the FIRST HALF, setting another NFL record.
Shaun Alexander is truly missed...but Mark Ingram won the Heisman!