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
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
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