Only two more matchups in the Wade Division, as we wind up the opening round of our tournament to decide the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time.
Wade Division – Def. Backs vs. Wide Receivers
David Palmer (1991-1994)
Wide Receiver – Birmingham, AL
5’9” 175 lb
Career Statistics: 102 Receptions, 1,611 yards, 11 TD’s
The Deuce – one of the most electrifying players to ever lace up at Alabama – finished 3rd in the 1993 Heisman Trophy balloting. It was the highest any Alabama player had finished until 2009, when Mark Ingram finally ended Alabama’s drought. Although he lined up primarily as a wide receiver, his speed and agility allowed him to line up at a number of other positions, including quarterback and running back.
Palmer was named All-SEC and All-American in 1993. He was awarded the Paul Warfield Trophy given annually to the nation’s top wide receiver. He is the only receiver in Alabama history to win the award. Palmer was the first Alabama receiver to ever break 1,000 yards receiving in a season and still sits at 5th on the all-time list. Palmer also sits at 4th on the season all-purpose yardage list, where he is the only receiver in a sea of running backs. His name is still listed an incredible 34 times in the Alabama record book.
Jeremiah Castille (1979-1982)
Defensive Back – Phenix City, AL
5’11” 170 lb
Career Statistics: 156 tackles, 16 INT’s, 30 Pass Breakups
Castille saved his best performance for his coaches final game, recording three interceptions and being named MVP of the 1982 Liberty Bowl to send Coach Bryant out in style. Those final three interceptions also tied him for the most interceptions in school history with 16. Despite his career ending 31 years ago, Castille still sits in second place on the Alabama career interception list, and third place on the Alabama career pass breakups list with 30.
Castille was All-SEC and All-American in 1982. He was named to the team of the 80’s and the All-Century team. He had such a close relationship with his coach that he was a pallbearer at Bryant’s funeral. Castille’s impact on the University of Alabama is still being felt today. His youngest son, Caleb, has continued the incredible family tradition of playing for the Crimson Tide. He is the fourth Castille to wear Crimson.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Jeremiah Castille (52%, 44 Votes)
- David Palmer (48%, 41 Votes)
Total Voters: 85