Another vote is in the books, and our quest to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time rolls on. Today is a matchup of one of the toughest players the Tide ever fielded, pitted against one of its most versatile.
Bryant Division – Quarterbacks vs. Special Teams
Harry Gilmer (1944-1947)
Quarterback – Birmingham, AL
Career Statistics: 2894 passing yards, 1673 rushing yards, 52 total touchdowns
This could end up being an unfair matchup to anyone going against Gilmer. He could’ve been put in any one of these divisions because of his ability to play anywhere on the field. From punting to kick returning, quarterback to defensive back and halfback to kicker, he did it all. His ability to lead the Tide is what puts him in the history books as one of the greatest Alabama quarterbacks of all time.
Gilmer was a key part of putting Alabama on the national college football scene after World War II. His best season came in 1945, where he guided Alabama to a perfect season. He threw for 905 yards with 13 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. He added on rushing for 552 yards and 9 touchdowns. He capped off the year with a 34-14 victory over USC in the Rose Bowl.
Gilmer was voted All-SEC player of the year in 1945 and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. His collegiate career ended in 1947 where he finished fifth again in the voting. He is now third on the list for total career touchdowns in Alabama history.
Michael Proctor (1992-1995)
Kicker – Pelham, AL
Career Statistics: 132-133 PAT, 65-91 FG, Long of 53
Gene Stallings found Michael Proctor in high school after he broke the Alabama high school record with a 60-yard field goal for Pelham High School. Stallings brought Proctor into Tuscaloosa and put him to work right away. He hit four field goals in his first game against Vanderbilt, three of which were from more than 40 yards. His freshman season he hit 38 of 39 PATs and 19 of 27 fields goals. He did all placekicking duties and punted the whole year for the 1992 national championship team.
Proctor is a two-time All-American and a three-time All-SEC. His best year came in 1994 where he made all 32 of his PATs and made 13 of 16 field goal attempts, including a long of 53. In a 1994 game against Georgia, he connected on a 32-yard field goal with just 1:12 left for the 29-28 win. He is not third on Alabama’s all-time scoring list with 327 career points.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Michael Proctor (20%, 11 Votes)
- Harry Gilmer (80%, 44 Votes)
Total Voters: 55