BamaHammer Players Championship Round 1: Ozzie Newsome (3) vs. George Teague (6)

Our first round matchups are drawing to a close, and we’ll soon be in the meat of our quest to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time. Today’s matchup pits one of Alabama’s most beloved players with one responsible for perhaps the greatest play in Crimson Tide history. Vote now, and get your friends to vote as well.

Wade Division – Def. Backs vs. Wide Receivers

 

Ozzie Newsome (1974-1977)

6’2” 209 lb – Wide Receiver

Leighton, AL

Career Stats: 102 receptions, 2070 yards, 16 TD’s

Even 36 years after playing his final game, “The Wizard of Oz” remains a fan favorite. That’s largely due to Alabama fans hoping the former wide receiver succeeds Mal Moore as the Crimson Tide’s next Athletic Director. After seeing what Ozzie has been able to accomplish as the GM of the Baltimore Ravens, it’s hard to argue with anyone hoping to see this happen. But his on-field accomplishments are just as impressive as those off-the-field.

Newsome was named All-SEC in 1976 and 1977 as well as All-American in 1977. In addition to being named the SEC Lineman of the Year in 1977, he was named Alabama’s Player of the Decade for the 1970’s. His 20.3 yards per reception was an SEC record that stood for over 20 years. Bear Bryant once referred to Newsome as “The greatest end in Alabama history, and that includes Don Hutson.”

George Teague (1989-1992)

6’1” 195 lb – Safety

Oscoda, Michigan

George Teague had been a solid player during his four years on campus, but it was his 1993 Sugar Bowl performance that saw him write his name in Crimson Flame. Of all the incredible plays that have helped define Alabama Crimson Tide’s tradition, it’s remarkable that one of the most famous was a play that didn’t end up counting.

Five plays after returning an interception for a touchdown, Teague found himself chasing Lamar Thomas down the sideline for what looked to be momentum-building touchdown for the Hurricanes.  Teague caught up to Thomas, stripped him of the ball, and stopped Miami’s momentum. And while we’ve all seen it a thousand times, it’s probably not fair to say that it “didn’t count.” If Teague hadn’t caught Thomas, the touchdown would have counted, and the outcome of the game would have been a bit more uncertain. Teague was a captain of the 1992 national championship team and finished his career with 14 interceptions, tying him for thirdall-time in Alabama history.

Which player advances to the next round?

  • George Teague (14%, 9 Votes)
  • Ozzie Newsome (86%, 55 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

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Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Football

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  • BamaFanLongTime

    Not to change the subject, but remember Johnny Davis? He was Ozzie’s roommate. He was a fullback for Coach Bryant and during his four years at Bama, was never tackled for a loss. (It may have even been 5 years, can’t remember). Just thought I’d throw that in. I guess I did change the subject.

    • BamaHammer

      Feel free to chime in anytime. In fact, we’re waiting for you to pop in on the forum to chat with us about your favorite plays and the like. Haven’t you signed up yet?

    • http://twitter.com/BourbonGhost BourbonGhost

      Pretty cool bit of knowledge. I don’t think I’d ever heard that stat. And yup, sign up for the forum plz.

  • BamaFanLongTime

    The play was a bit more dramatic, It was said that no one could keep up with the speed of Thomas. Teague doesn’t just keep up with him, he starts from the opposite side of the field and not only ran him down and stripped him of the ball, he actually humiliated Thomas by taking the ball away from him just a few yards short of the end zone. That was the greatest play of all time. Especially considering the fact that some Miami players met the Bama bus and asked our players as they stepped off the bus why they showed up in the first place, as they didn’t have a chance of beating Miami. Miami was said to be good enough to beat many pro teams that year.

    Well, actually, the best play was an illegal defensive play by Tommy Lewis, a Fullback, no less, back in 1953 against Rice in the Cotton Bowl. I still think it’s really the best of all time for “illegal” plays.
    (Tommy jumped up from the bench during the second quarter and tackled Rice’s
    halfback, Dickey Moegle as he was running down the sidelines, keeping him from scoring on Bama. Of course, the ref’s gave the guy the score anyway) Rice won 28-6. Ironically, Tommy Lewis scored the lone touchdown for Bama. Now just to be clear, Don’t let my username allow you for one minute to think I actually watched that game. I was barely out of diapers in 1953.

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