The Alabama Crimson Tide has a long and storied history, with a host of legendary players having taken the field through the decades. But who are the true legends; the names that belong above all the others?
Miami Heat star LeBron James stirred the media pot last week when he said that the Mount Rushmore of pro basketball would be Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. He added that he hoped he would make it by the end of his career, and that perhaps a second non-existent NBA monument be built, with Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on it. (Not sure where Wilt Chamberlain gets to hang out.)
That said, it makes you wonder what a Crimson Tide Mount Rushmore would look like. Fortunately, I have the answer. Behold, the Mount Rushmore of Alabama football:
Duh. No brainer. No need to explain.
Is he the greatest running back we’ve had? Maybe, maybe not. But he does hold the lone Heisman. And that sets him apart from every other player who has donned a crimson jersey.
While I wanted to put AJ McCarron and his amazing career and treasure trove of passing records here, Broadway Joe is, well, Broadway Joe. He even rocked the fur coat to flip the coin at the Super Bowl (even if he almost botched it). He’s just got the It Factor. He’s the Teddy Roosevelt of our monument.
He’s one of the greatest football players the game has ever known. The NFL gets that he belongs in the Hall of Fame, something that the College Football Hall of Fame has somehow missed on. But the late DT is simply one of the game’s all time greats.
So who did we leave out? Ozzie Newsome. Cornelious Bennett. AJ McCarron. John Hannah. Frank Thomas. Harry Gilmer. David Palmer. Johnny Mack Brown. Marty Lyons. Gene Stallings. John Parker Wilson. Johnny Musso. Lee Roy Jordan. Van Tiffin. The list can go on and on.
It’s why we don’t retire jersey numbers at Alabama. We are the Crimson Tide, and our legends are aplenty.
Who is on your Crimson Mount Rushmore?