Sep 13, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fans crown around the Paul Bear Bryant statue prior the the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
#5 Pat Trammell
Pat Trammell from Scottsboro, AL was Bear Bryant’s first quarterback and Bear Bryant’s first star.
Before committing to Alabama Football, Trammell had planned to play for Coach Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech. But his plans changed when Coach Bear Bryant mentioned to Trammell’s family on a visit to his home that if Pat came to Alabama, he’d come too.
During the 1959 season, sophomore Pat Trammell led the Tide in total offense and in 1960 he lead the team in scoring.
In 1961 Pat Trammell quarterbacked the Alabama Football to a perfect season and a unanimous national championship, the program’s first since the leadership of coach Frank Thomas.
Trammell was the player chosen to accompany Coach Bryant to New York for the presentation of the MacArthur Trophy. Bryant and Trammel accepted the trophy from President John F. Kennedy on national television at a black tie gala hosted by Bob Hope.
Trammell was the 1961 SEC Player of the Year and a NCAA Academic All-American. His hand- and footprints are cemented in front of Denny Chimes as a permanent captain for the 1961 team
Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi tried to get Alabama Football coach Bear Bryant to convince Pat Trammell to play for the Packers after graduation, but Bryant said that Trammell was too smart. Pat completed an undergraduate degree summa cum laude in Physical Chemical and went on to medical school.
Two Alabama Football records still belong to Pat Trammell – lowest interception percentage for a single season (1.5%, 1960) and lowest career interception percentage.
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