Our last poll had the closest voting yet, which is why it’s important that you vote in our tournament to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time. Today’s poll brings us a matchup that almost happened – on the practice field at least.
Wade Division – Defensive Backs vs. Wide Receivers
Mark Barron (2008-2011)
Safety – Mobile, AL
6’2” 210 lb
Career Statistics: 237 tackles, 12 INT’s
Despite being a highly-rated recruit coming out of high school, no one expected Mark Barron to become an All-American safety when he signed with Alabama; no one except for Nick Saban. Barron was projected by most recruiting analysts to end up as a wide receiver or a linebacker. Alabama fans everywhere are grateful that Nick Saban didn’t listen to anyone other than himself.
Barron was a three-time All-SEC selection as well as a two-time All-American selection. He was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Baron was the unquestioned leader of a defensive backfield that ranked number one in passing yards allowed per game and pass efficiency. He bypassed the NFL draft after his junior season despite being a virtual lock as a top 15 draft pick. His loyalty was rewarded as he helped lead the Crimson Tide to a 21-0 shutout against LSU in the 2011 BCS Championship Game.
DJ Hall (2004-2007)
Wide Receiver – Fort Walton Beach, FL
6’3” 190 lb
Few former Alabama players draw resentment from the Crimson Tide fan base more than DJ Hall. Nick Saban began instilling “The Process” the day he arrived in Tuscaloosa, which was immediately met with resistance from Hall. His failure to buy into Saban’s system showed on the field. Despite setting the school record for career receiving yards in 2007, fans saw his attitude as a driving factor for the Tide’s poor performance over the final months of the season.
Hall was named first team All-SEC in 2006 and 2007. He holds the school record for most receptions in a game (13), most career receptions (194), most career 100-yard games (13), and most career receiving yards (2,923). He also sits at second on the list of career touchdowns (17). Although he was an enigma from the moment he stepped foot on Alabama’s campus, Hall also set some impressive records along the way that can’t be overlooked.
Which player advances to the next round?
- DJ Hall (8%, 7 Votes)
- Mark Barron (92%, 85 Votes)
Total Voters: 92