Open Mic: All-Time Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team

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Open Mic: All-Time Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team

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.

 

Offense

 

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

 

 

Defense

 

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

 

 

Special Teams

 

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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