We still have polling open in the surprisingly close Stallings Division matchup of our quest to name the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time (you did vote, didn’t you?). But the show must go on, and it’s time to look at the latest pairing of Tide legends.
Wade Division – D-Backs vs. Wide Receivers
Strong Safety – Harahan, LA
Career Statistics: 243 tackles, 10 INT’s
Wilcox arrived in Tuscaloosa as a wishbone quarterback and left as a two-time consensus All-American. It didn’t take long for Coach Bryant to see something special in Wilcox, so he moved the talented freshman to strong safety where he made an immediate impact. Wilcox was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 1979 while helping the Crimson Tide to their 11th national championship.
When asked why he chose to attend Alabama rather than his home-state school LSU, Wilcox had this to say:
“I can honestly say that I didn’t come to the University of Alabama because I thought it would be easy. No, I came to Alabama because I knew it would be hard.”
Wilcox was named to three straight All-SEC teams from 1980-1982, and helped make a key interception in the end zone against Auburn to seal Coach Bryant’s 315th career victory. He is a member of the Alabama All-Century team and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Split End – Muscle Shoals, AL
6’0” 183 lb
Career Statistics: 85 receptions, 1,495 yards, 18 TD’s
Muscle Shoals – typically known for its rich music tradition – now has something else to brag about. Homan is the second Muscle Shoals native to be featured in the BamaHammer Players Championship. Dennis Homan won a national title with the Tide in 1965 and was also a member of the infamous 1966 squad who finished third in the polls despite going undefeated.
He is still Alabama’s all-time leader in career touchdown receptions; an impressive feat considering his career ended 46 years ago. Homan was a two time All-SEC selection and was consensus All-American in 1967. He was eventually named to Alabama’s Team of the Decade for the 1960’s and is also a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Dennis Homan (84%, 141 Votes)
- Tommy Wilcox (16%, 27 Votes)
Total Voters: 167