The second-round brackets are starting to shape up in our quest to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time. Today’s matchup features truly one of the all-time greats, and an underappreciated star from the past. Get your votes in while they count.
Stallings Division – D. Line vs. O. Line
Barrett Jones (2008-2012)
Offensive Lineman – Germantown, Tenn.
6’5”, 311 lbs
If this players championship was based solely off of a player’s winning record, Barrett Jones would probably be your runaway champion. Since Jones became a full-time starter during his redshirt freshman season in 2009, the Tide have compiled an overall record of 49-5. He won his third national championship in four years this past season to cap off a near-perfect career with the Crimson Tide — from a winning standpoint at least.
While winning is obviously important, Jones’ resume extends far beyond the win-loss column. In his best two seasons in 2011 and 2012, Jones was a two-time All-SEC and All-American selection (unanimous in ’11), claiming some of the nation’s top awards in the Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy in the process. He is one of only two players in college football history to win both awards in a career.
Though his accomplishments speak for themselves, his versatility on the field speaks louder. Plenty of great players have won multiple championships and numerous awards during their career, but how many have done so at multiple positions? In 49 career starts, Jones has started 25 at right guard in 2009-2010, 11 at left tackle in 2011 and 13 at center in 2012, playing just as well, if not better, with every position change. Body of work alone, it’s hard not to like Barrett Jones.
Mike Pitts (1979-1982)
Defensive End – Baltimore, Md.
6’5”, 239 lbs
Career Statistics: 214 tackles (12 for loss), 16 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 6 fumble recoveries
Following right along with the theme of what seems to apply to all Alabama at the position, Mike Pitts is yet another defensive lineman, who probably doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves.
Like Jones, Pitts did quite a bit of winning in his own right during his four-year Crimson Tide career, amassing an overall record of 39-8-1. He won two SEC titles as well as the 1979 national championship against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Winning aside, Pitts was an impact player at his position. A stand-up defensive end, Pitts was a consensus All-American selection in 1982—Bear Bryant’s final season as head coach. Although 1982 may have been his All-American year, his best season may really have been in 1981, when he finished with 84 tackles (6 for loss) and 8 sacks in an SEC title-winning year for the 9-2-1 Crimson Tide.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Mike Pitts (4%, 3 Votes)
- Barrett Jones (96%, 81 Votes)
Total Voters: 84