Our quest to crown the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time matches up a pair of legendary quarterbacks this week, and only one can make it through to the quarterfinals of their bracket. Your vote counts, so make your pick wisely.
Bryant Division – Quarterbacks vs. Special Teams
Kenny Stabler (1965-1967)
Quarterback – Foley, Alabama
6’3”, 215 lbs
Career: 2196 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 838 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns
Ken “The Snake” Stabler came into the 1965 season as the number three quarterback. He played sparingly behind our 7th-seeded Steve Sloan. When Sloan left, Stabler made the most of his time with Coach Bryant and the Tide. Stabler led Alabama to an 11-0 record his junior year while finishing with 12 total touchdowns and a QB rating of 152.6. This led to high expectations for Stabler’s senior season, which ended up being considered mediocre for a Bear Bryant team.
Stabler had a roller coaster ride in his senior season. The Tide finished with an 8-2-1 record, including a loss to the hated Tennessee Volunteers. Stabler was kicked off the team by Coach Bryant for cutting classes and partying. However, he was given a second chance and now Stabler’s great career with Alabama comes down to two things: his 28-3-2 record, 19-2-1 as a starter, with the Tide and his “Run in the Mud.” One of the greatest plays in Alabama football history came from Stabler in the 1967 Iron Bowl. His 53-yard scamper on a rain-drenched Legion Field gave Alabama a 7-3 victory over Auburn in the final game of the season.
Pat Trammel (1959-1961)
Quarterback – Scottsboro, AL
6’0″, 200 lb
Career Statistics: 1,631 Passing Yards, 9 TDs, 1,119 Rushing Yards, 15 TDs
Pat Trammel’s legacy at the University of Alabama is second to none. He was the first star player for Paul Bryant, as he signed with the Tide the same year Bryant returned to Alabama. He led the Crimson Tide to the 1961 national championship along with names like Billy Neighbors and Mal Moore.
Trammel set several records at the time for Alabama his senior season, including 1,314 total yards of offense, as well as 1,035 passing yards. Perhaps the most amazing statistic: Trammel only threw four interceptions in his entire three-year career. Trammel also set an Alabama record as the winningest quarterback all time, going 26-2-4 over his career (87.5%), a record that would eventually be broken by Jay Barker.
Trammel finished fifthin the Heisman voting in 1961. He was selected as an NCAA Academic All-American and was named the 1961 SEC Most Valuable Player. He also received first team All-SEC honors and an All-SEC Academic Selection. He was voted as the 1961 Collegiate Player of the year by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. Pat Trammel is remembered fondly as one of the great quarterbacks and leaders in Crimson Tide history.
Which player advances to the next round?
- Pat Trammel (41%, 29 Votes)
- Kenny Stabler (59%, 41 Votes)
Total Voters: 70