Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron graces the cover of the latest edition of Sports Illustrated, and it’s one that is sure to be a collector’s edition among the Tide faithful.
“King Crimson” is the cover line, and the subhead puts in writing something that Tide fans have been thinking all season:
On the brink of a third national title, is it time to think about AJ McCarron as one of the best ever?
The senior signal caller for the Crimson Tide, McCarron has been a dark horse candidate for the Heisman trophy this season, but has been overshadowed by others with more gaudy stats – and far fewer accomplishments. Despite winning 35 games in his career at Alabama, and owning most of the passing records at the Capstone, the knock on McCarron is that he is – you guessed it – a ‘game manager.’
In making the case for McCarron, author Jon Werthheim points out that McCarron has as many BCS National Championships as he does defeats in his career, and is not just a legend at Alabama, but perhaps one of the all-time greats:
McCarron might be almost as well known for his arm candy as his arm strength, his body ink as his body of work. But let’s be clear: He’s not just one of the great Alabama quarterbacks. AJ McCarron is on the short list of the most successful players in the history of college football. Even if not many think of him that way.
In typical fashion, McCarron tweeted about the cover, deflecting the praise to his teammates:
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) November 20, 2013
Regardless of whether McCarron garners any individual awards at the end of his final season, he will remain a legend at Alabama for his accomplishments as a player and a human being.