Open-Mic: The Alabama Crimson Tide All- Time Lineup
It's almost impossible to pick out the all time players in Alabama football history. With 12 national championship and a history so deep and rich in football tradition it seems like every player was an All-American. Here are my 22 All-Crimson Team.
QB Ken Stabler (1965-67)- Despite his resent struggles Ken did lead the Tide to a 28-3-2 record in three years; going 11-0 in '66.
RB Shaun Alexander (1996-99)- Alexander holds 15 Bama rushing records. He was named the 1999 SEC player of the year after rushing for 1,383 yards and 24 total touchdowns.
RB Johhny Musso (969-71)- The "Italian Stallion" was a two time All-American for the Tide in 1970-'71.
FB Johhny Cain (1930-32)- Cain did it all for the Tide playing fullback, linebacker, and punter. He is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and Alabama Football Hall of fame.
SE Don Hutson (1932-34)- In 1934 Hutson earned All-SEC and All-American honors and in the '35 Rose Bowl he caught six passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Leading the Tide to their fourth national championship.
Se Ozzie Newsome (974-77)- "The Wizard of OZ" has to many records and awards to mention here. The Tide went 42-6 in his career at the capstone and won three SEC championships. In his senior season Ozzie averaged 22.3 yards-per catch.
T Chris Samuels (1996-99)- Samuels became the first Outland Trophy winner for the Tide in '99.
G John Hannah (1970-72)- Hannah is known as the best college offensive linemen ever. He was a two time all-SEC selection in '71 and '72.
C Sylvester Croom (1972-74)- Croom was one of the first black players on the Crimson Tide football team. He beame a senior captain in 1974 earning the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and was named to the All-American team.
G Wayne Freeman (1962-64)- Freeman was an All-American in 1964, Coach Bryant called him "the finest guard he ever coached."
T Billy Neighbors (1959-61)-Billy came to Alabama the same year they hired coach Bryant and he told that class that one day they would win championships, " I thought he was crazy," Neighbors says. In 1961 that class won its first of Bryant's six championship teams. Neighbors earned All-American honors playing both was for the Tide.
DE John Copeland (1990-92)- Copeland anchored one of the greatest defenses in the history of college football. He was an All-American in 92 when the Tide won the national title.
DT Marty Lyons (1976-78)- A two-time all-confrence pick at Alabama, Lyons had 202 tackles and he was defensive captain on the '78 national championship team.
DT John Hand (1982-85)- Was named an All-American in '85 had 234 tackles in his career at Alabama.
DE Eric Curry (1990-92)-Cuury finished 10th in the Heisman voting after an All-American year in '92.
LB Derrick Thomas (1985-88)-Thomas recorded a school record 18 sacks his junior year in 87. He followed that up with a 27-sack season winning the Butkus Award.
LB Lee Roy Jordan (1960-62)- In 1962 Jordan was finalist for the Heisman Trophy, he had 31 tackles in the '63 Orange Bowl.
LB Cornelius Bennett (1983-86)- Cornelius was a three-time All-American for the Tide. As a senior, he won the Lombardi Award and SEC player of the year honors.
LB DeMeco Ryans (2002-05)- DeMeco was named SEC's Defensive Player of the Year for his performance in 2005. He finished is career at Alabama fourth on the All-time tackles list with 309.
DB Antonio Langham (1990-93)-Langham is the Tides only Thorpe Award winner. He had 19 career interceptions.
DB Jeremiah Castille (1979-82)-In coach Bryant's last game Castille had three interceptions and after the game Bryant said, " My career has been great because of guys like this guy right here."
DB Don McNeal (1977-79)-McNeal was a part of two national championship teams, he was an All-American in 1979, and was named to Alabama's Team of the Century, but he is known more for making the tackle to keep Penn State out of the end-zone in the '79 Suger Bowl.
K Van Tiffin (1983-86)- Tiffin his most-known for "The Kick" a 52-yard field goal as time expired against arch-rival Auburn in the 1985 Iron Bowl to lift Alabama to a 25-23 victory. He also holds the school record for converting 135 extra points.
P Greg Gant (1971-73)-Gant had a career average 43.6 yards per punt.
Paul "Bear" Bryant- Bryant won six national titles at Alabama and he won 315 games during his career.
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