Sep 5, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fans cheer during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
#9 Steve Sloan
Steve Sloan came to Tuscaloosa in 1962 from Cleveland, TN. After sitting out as a freshman in 1962, he backed up quarterback Joe Namath and played defensive back as a sophomore. Sloan was called on to start against Miami and again in the Sugar Bowl due to Namath suspensions.
In 1964 Sloan continued to start while Namath was hurt. The Tide started the year at No.6 and went 10-0 in the regular season.
The offense became Sloan’s in 1965, after Namath signed with the New York Jets. After throwing a pick-6 in a loss on the road in the season opener to Georgia, Sloan led the Tide to three straight conference wins before tying the Tennessee Volunteers. After the tie, Alabama won the rest of their regular season games including an Iron Bowl game where Auburn was held without a touchdown.
Alabama Football advanced to play Nebraska in the Orange Bowl for the second year in a row. Alabama won the game 39-28 to secure their spot as AP National Champions.
Sloan was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons and after a brief career as a backup started coaching at the collegiate level. After two years as an offensive coordinator, he was named the head coach at Vanderbilt. After two seasons he took the same job at Texas Tech where he coached the Red Raiders to two bowl appearances in three years. He later coached at Ole Miss and at Duke.
In 1987, Steve Sloan became the athletic director at the University of Alabama. He later worked in the same position at North Texas, UCF, and Chattanooga.
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