We’re making our way through the first round of our tournament to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time, and thus far, most of the matchups have been blowouts. Will this one be any different? [spoiler: probably not.]
Bryant Division – Quarterbacks vs. Special Teams
Joe Namath (1962-1964)
Quarterback – Birmingham, AL
Career Statistics: 54.4% completion, 2714 Passing Yards, 25 passing TDs, 562 rushing yards, 15 rushing TD
There is not much that can be said that you probably don’t know already about the top seeded quarterback. Joe Namath was a part of the 1964 national champions team under Coach Bryant. Namath recorded a career record of 29-4 as a starting quarterback over three years.
Namath is one of the biggest legends in Alabama football history. Nothing in his stats are special but the way he ran that team was. He ranks in the school’s top ten in passing touchdowns, passing yards, completions and total touchdowns. He ran Bryant’s offense to near perfection, being able to run along with his ability to throw helped him have a great college career and pro future.
Arvin Richard (1997-2000)
Running Back/Returner – Atlanta, Georgia
Career Statistics: 87 career returns, 1596 yards, 6.4 punt return average, 23.7 kick return average, 3 TD
Arvin Richard was a backup running back who didn’t see the field much on offense. When he did get on the field it was for special teams and he made the most of his playing time. He was the number one return man for his first three years before splitting time with Freddie Millons. Richard holds the 2nd and 4th spot in Alabama history for most return yards in a single season, and is second all-time in career return yards in school history.
He had his two best games his sophomore season against two rivals. He had 12 rushes for 37 yards, six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass in the Iron Bowl. Against Tennessee, he had 157 all-purpose yards: 8 rushing yards, 31 yards on four punt returns and five kickoff returns for 118 yards.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Arvin Richard (1%, 3 Votes)
- Joe Namath (99%, 274 Votes)
Total Voters: 277