We have our first quarterfinalist in our quest to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time, and now we’re on to another excellent matchup. Time to get your votes in…
Wade Division – Def. Backs vs. Wide Receivers
Antonio Langham (1990-1993)
Cornerback – Town Creek, AL
6’1”, 170 lbs
Career Statistics: 141 Tackles, 19 INT’s, 3 TD’s
Antonio Langham was possibly the easiest player to seed in any of the four regions. His list of accolades and career accomplishments are unmatched. In 1993 he was honored with the Jim Thorpe Award and the Jack Tatum Trophy; each of which are presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Langham was named All-SEC and All-American in 1992 and 1993.
He is perhaps best remembered for his interception return for a touchdown against Florida in the inaugural SEC Championship Game. The play was so significant that ESPN eventually filmed a documentary entitled The Play That Changed College Football. Langham’s pick six with just over three minutes left propelled Alabama to the 1993 Sugar Bowl, where the Tide throttled Miami for their 12th national title.
It’s been argued that Langham’s interception helped boost the national view of the SEC as the most prominent conference in the NCAA; a spot the league has held for the better part of 20 years. Langham still holds the school record for most career interceptions with 19, as well as most career interceptions for a touchdown, with three.
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 (33%, 25 Votes)
- Antonio Langham (67%, 51 Votes)
Total Voters: 76