"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." - Alan K. Simpson
"My momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on." Forrest Gump
"The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner
"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but never preserved except in memory LLAP" Leonard Nimoy
...that Musso guy wasn't half bad either. He was my idol.
It's very difficult because being a great football player doesn't necessarily mean All-American or NFL prospect.
Jerry Duncan for example was neither of those. He was an undersized guard.
But I can tell you right now he was indeed a great great football player.
It's great to be from Alabama, I said it's great to be from Alabama...
Where it is practically impossible to select a single greatest player or really an all-time greatest player at each position.
My favorite player to watch play was Derrick Thomas followed closely by Bennett. I just love those hits they delivered but that is unfair to folks like Leroy Jordan who I never had the opportunity to see play. Which is also unfair to the great offensive linemen we have had through the years because their contribution isn't as obvious as Tyrone Prothro's catch.
I would think Shaun Alexander deserve to be on this list.
I don't know what caused AJ to get emotional at that time, but it could have been the weight of that reality that settled on him in the closing minutes of that game.
It's funny now, but little did we know what kind of roller coaster we'd all go on over the next couple of weeks in losing to TAMU and then getting back in it the next week with Oregon and KS losing.
But now AJ is in the incredible place among Alabama qbs that is unrivaled and can possibly get even better.
He and Barrett will be some of the ones we'll tell our grand kids about I'm pretty sure.
Single greatest player? That's a very difficult decision for me because I'm torn between Brandon Avalos, Mark Guillon and Brandon Brooks.
Seriously, I think Lane Bearden has to be on that list. He was a special player for Alabama given his circumstances.
Being born in 1991, I have not seen some of the legendary players. I struggle to say who was greatest when I look at players I saw play compared to guys that had already retired from the pros by the time I was born.
Also, the change in style of play causes folks to have a different look at players. AJ is going to every career passing record in 2013 unless he has a major injury. No arguing AJ is a great player; however, is it fair to use his stats to judge his greatness compared to a QB from a generation of less passing?
A list of the greatest players from each era (defined as you like) would probably be the best thing to do. Such a list gives each player the fortune of being compared to players from that era of football. The guys that had to play both ways cannot be compared to guys from today's era of football. Neither can players from the period of Freshmen not being allowed to play on the squad.
"I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
-- Coach Bryant
"We always talk about playing 60 minutes but this is a 60-10 game: the 60 minutes of the game and the 10 minutes in the locker room after the game that you remember for the rest of your life."
-- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson
What about ralph stokes?