Our quest continues to allow you, the voters, to select the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time. Alabama’s modern-day warrior picked up the win in our last matchup, and today we go old school vs. new wave once again. Voting closes Friday night, so get yours in now.
Saban Division – Running Backs vs. Linebackers
Trent Richardson (2009-2011)
Running Back – Pensacola, FL
5’11” 225 lbs
Career Statistics: 3130 Rushing Yards, 730 Receiving Yards, 43 Total TDs
Trent Richardson has to be considered one of the best running backs, not only from the University of Alabama, but in the history of college football. Trent’s rare blend of size, speed, strength and quickness was second to none. He was a part of the best running back tandem in the history of the Tide, as he shared time with Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram from 2009-2010.
Richardson was an All-American in 2011 after finishing third in the Heisman voting. That year, he broke Mark Ingram’s Alabama single-season rushing record with 1,679 rushing yards as he helped lead the Crimson Tide to their 14th National Championship with a 21-0 victory over LSU. Richardson also won the Doak Walker Award for the first time in Alabama history, which is given to the country’s top running back.
Richardson was selected third overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft. He boasts two national championships during his tenure at the Capstone, and is generally regarded as one of the hardest-working individuals to ever come through the Alabama program. Not many players have played at ‘Bama with expectations as high as Trent had coming in; even fewer were able to meet and exceed them the way Richardson did.
Woodrow Lowe (1972-1975)
Linebacker – Phenix City, AL
6’0” 211 lbs
Career Statistics: 315 Tackles, 6 Interceptions
Woodrow Lowe is one of the very best linebackers to ever come through Alabama, and is certainly one of the most decorated. Lowe is one of only two players in the history of Alabama football to be awarded All-American honors three times, in 1973, 1974, and 1975 (the other being Cornelius Bennett). He was also a part of four SEC Championship teams, as well as the 1973 national championship team.
Lowe holds the Alabama single-season record for tackles with 134, which he attained during his sophomore season in 1973, and ranks third in Alabama history with 315 total tackles. He went 43-5 during his career and was named to the All-Decade team of the 1970’s.
In July of 2010, Woodrow Lowe was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in Southbend, Indiana. Lowe became the 21st member of the Crimson Tide family to achieve such an honor. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the San Deigo Chargers, where he missed only one game in eleven seasons. Of all the linebacker greats from Alabama, Woodrow Lowe’s career speaks for itself as one of the most impressive in our history.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Woodrow Lowe (29%, 36 Votes)
- Trent Richardson (71%, 89 Votes)
Total Voters: 125