Our weekend matchup saw one of the highest vote totals yet – as well as the most lopsided victory we’ve seen in our quest to crown the greatest football player in Alabama Crimson Tide history. This week pairs a modern-era legend against a Bryant-era leaders, and your vote counts.
Julio Jones (2008-2010)
Wide Receiver – Foley, AL
6’3’ 220 lb
Career Statistics: 179 receptions, 2653 yards, 15 TD’s
Julio Jones emerged from Foley High School as one of the most sought-after recruits in state history. As impossible as the task seemed, Jones not only lived up to his recruiting hype, he surpassed it. On August 30, 2008, in a game against Clemson, Jones became the first freshman wide receiver to start a season opener for the Crimson Tide. In addition to being named second team All-SEC, he was honored with SEC Freshman of the Year award in 2008.
Despite finishing second all-time at Alabama in career receiving yards and receptions, Julio was never named to an All-American team. Jones was a fan favorite during his three-year career due to his style of play and his easy-going nature. He was so popular that during the spring of his sophomore year, 2009, he nearly won an SGA senate seat without ever running. Jones received the required number of write-in votes, and after initially accepting the seat, decided to turn it down to focus on football. Crimson Tide and Atlanta Falcon fans everywhere are grateful that he did.
Bobby Johns (1965-1967)
Defensive Back – Birmingham, AL
6’1” 189 lb
Career Statistics: 11 INT’s, 2 TD’s
Bobby Johns was one of the team leaders for a defense that only gave up 44 points all season, an average of only 4 points per game. That defense however, had the misfortune of being a part of the 1966 team that went undefeated and overlooked by the national media. In addition to being named All-SEC in 1965, 1966, and 1967 Johns was also named All-American in 1966 and 1967.
Johns was known for showing up big in bowl games. His three-interception performance during a 34-7 victory over Nebraska in the 1967 Sugar Bowl serves as plenty of evidence. Even today, Johns name is synonymous with successful defensive backs at Alabama. That’s because each year during spring practice, the coaching staff hands out the Bobby Johns Defensive Back award to the teams most improved defensive back. Johns was eventually named to the Alabama Team of the Decade for the 1960′s and was also a part of the 2010 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame class.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Bobby Johns (21%, 23 Votes)
- Julio Jones (79%, 87 Votes)
Total Voters: 108