The opening round of our tournament to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time is almost complete. Only two more matchups to go, and this one is a good one; get your votes in now.
Wade Division: Def. Backs vs. Wide Receivers
Ray Perkins (1964-1966)
Split End – Petal, MS
6’0” 180 lbs
Career Statistics: 63 receptions, 908 yards, 9 TD’s
Ray Perkins had the good fortune of playing with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Joe Namath. But don’t let that cloud your judgement. Perkins was one of the best receivers to ever suit up at Alabama. Truth be told, it was the fans who showed up to Denny Stadium in the mid 1960’s who had good fortune. They witnessed one of the greatest quarterback/wide receiver duos in college football history.
Perkins helped Alabama win national championships in 1964 and 1965. He was named SEC Player of the Year and All-American in 1966 while helping Alabama to a perfect season. Perkins still ranks fourth all-time at Alabama in single-season touchdown receptions with seven. He is a member of both the Alabama and Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Perkins saved his finest performance for his final game, accounting for six receptions for 178 yards during Alabama’s 34-7 Sugar Bowl win over Nebraska.
John Mangum (1986-1989)
Defensive Back – Magee, MS
5’10” 185 lbs
Career Statistics: 212 tackles, 16 INT’s, 47 PBU’s
Interestingly enough, we have Mangum going up against his former head coach. Mangum was set on going to his childhood favorite, Southern Miss, until Ray Perkins showed up on his doorstep one afternoon before his senior year of high school. Perkins eventually convinced Mangum to attend the University of Alabama, where he made an immediate impact by being named a Freshman All-American in 1986. He was also named All-SEC in 1988 and 1989 as well as All-American in 1989.
Mangum still holds the school records for most pass breakups in a season with 24, and most pass breakups in a career with 47. He also ranks second all-time in career interceptions at Alabama with 16. In addition to winning the Pat Trammel Award, he was also named Collegiate Player of the Year in 1989 by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta.
Which player advances to the next round?
- John Mangum (54%, 29 Votes)
- Ray Perkins (46%, 25 Votes)
Total Voters: 54