I have to acknowledge that Justin Goar's style in his Open Mic article helped influence the following article.
Also, special thanks to the BR admins for the Open Mic topic this week. This made the article writing as easy as one can imagine. Let's see here...oh yeah, just list the best players who have ever played for your favorite team. Wow, who could not take advantage of this?
Therefore, without further ado, I give you the best of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Enjoy.
QB: Joe Namath – Ken Stabler and Jay Barker
RB: Johnny Musso – Shaun Alexander and Bobby Humphrey
FB: Johnny Cain – Tony Holm and Dustin McClintock
WR: Ray Perkins – Joey Jones and Wayne Wheeler
WR: David Palmer – D.J. Hall and Tyrone Prothro
TE: Ozzie Newsome – Don Hutson
C: Dwight Stephenson – Lee Roy Jordan and Sylvester Croom
G: John Hannah – Wayne Freeman
G: Billy Neighbors – Larry Rose
T: Chris Samuels – Buddy Brown
T: Cecil Dowdy – Fred Sington
DE: John Copeland – Leroy Cook
DE: Eric Curry – John Mitchell
DT: Marty Lyons – John Hand
DT: Billy Neighbors – Richard Cole
LB: Lee Roy Jordan – Woodrow Lowe
LB: Derrick Thomas – DeMeco Ryans
LB: Cornelius Bennett – Thomas Boyd and Barry Kraus
CB: Antonio Langham – Jeremiah Castille
CB: Harry Gilmer – Don Hutson
FS: George Teague – Bobby Johns
SS: Tommy Wilcox – Kevin Jackson
PK: Van Tiffin – Michael Proctor
P: Lane Bearden
KR/PR: David Palmer – Harry Gilmer
And of course the head coach is non other than Paul "Bear" Bryant.
I tried to limit it to just the primary and back-up for each spot. However, some positions just have too many greats. In fact I'm sure I left off a few from the list that may have been very deserving.
Note that Dustin McClintock may have not been great in the eyes of many, but he stands out in my mind as leading the way and blocking for Alabama's all-time rushing leader, Shaun Alexander.
Note that Tyrone Prothro would have made historical marks on the entire game had he not suffered such a horendous injury; therefore, I have included him.
Also, note that Lane Bearden (P) does not need a back-up. The guy, who was Tyler Watt's main receiver in high school, converted to punter after arriving at the Capstone. He punted most of his senior season with a torn ACL and MCL, averaging about 40 yards per punt.
During the Auburn game that season Bearden made a touchdown saving tackle following a punt, all this with the injuries he had been enduring! Yep, I'd say he's got that spot secure. Note to coaching staff: use all other punters for the squad team.
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