Johnny Cain, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, played quarterback and fullback for Alabama football from 1930-32. He was the only starter on the 1930 National Championship team who wasn’t a senior. Cain was a two-time all-American.
He earned the nickname “Hurri-cain” during his sophomore year when coach Wallace Wade yelled at him to hurry into the game. “Hurry, Cain!” stuck for the rest of his career.
He was moved to fullback as a junior when coach Frank Thomas took the team over. Cain also put on a record punting performance against Tennessee that year, punting 19 times for over 900 yards in a single game. That record is probably permanently at the top of the Crimson Tide record book.
Cain stayed at Alabama after graduating to coach the backfield and continued his coaching career throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Johnny Cain was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.
Tuscaloosa native Le’Ron McClain played for the Crimson Tide from 2003 to 2006. His hand- and footprints are cemented in front of Denny Chimes along with those of Juwan Simpson, the other permanent captain from the 2006 team.
He finished his career as one of the top draft prospects at a position that had become thin in the college game.
The Baltimore Ravens selected Le’Ron McClain with a fourth round pick in the 2007 NFL draft. He played for four years in Baltimore, then with the Kansas City Chiefs and with the San Diego Chargers.