John Copeland came to Alabama after attending Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. Copeland’s mention could also go to Eric Curry though because they book-ended an incredible defensive line. Both Curry and Copeland played for legendary Alabama coach Gene Stallings and helped the Tide reach the National Championship in 1992. John Copeland was also an All-American in 1992.
After leaving Alabama football Copeland went on to join the Cincinnati Bengals from 1993 – 2000 and ended his career with 324 tackles and 24 sacks in the NFL.
Leroy Cook is a two-time All-SEC selection and a permanent captain of the 1975 Alabama Crimson Tide. He played for Bear Bryant’s Alabama teams from 1972-75.
During the 1974 season, Cook was responsible for three blocked kicks. He was a unanimous All-American selection in 1975 and the Atlanta Touchdown Club’s SEC Player of the Year the same season. He was the Orange Bowl Defensive MVP.
He was chosen to Alabama’s All-1970s team and Sports Illustrated’s all-time Alabama team. The Dallas Cowboys drafted Leroy Cook late in the 1976 NFL Draft, but after spending the entire 1976 season on the injured reserve, Cook never played in the NFL.