College Football

Top 5 Bama plays (since I’ve been paying attention)

26 Nov , 2013  

In honor of Iron Bowl Week, here’s my list of top-5 Bama plays, since I’ve been paying attention (circa 1988).

Number 5: Tyrone Prothro Catch

I’ve seen similar catches since this one, but like Roger Bannister, Prothro deserves special recognition for being the first. It’s the kind of individual effort that pushes the bounds of credibility.

Number 4: Marcel Dareus Shovel Pass INT + TD

This is a fantastic play by Dareus, who had a monster game overall, especially when he shoves QB Gilbert to the ground then puts the spin move on a would-be tackler before hitting the end zone.

Number 3: George Teague Strip

I thought about making this number one for a number of reasons.  First, it’s one of the most unbelievable plays I have ever seen.   And second, it’s from the first Bama championship I can remember.  It’s number three mostly because the play didn’t stand due to an Alabama infraction.  However, it really epitomized the way the Bama defense made a mockery of the much-hyped Miami team.

Number 2: Rocky Block

After being disappointed at the end of the 2008 season with back-to-back losses in the SECCG and Sugar Bowl, we were starting to believe again.  I watched this game in my basement while my folks were visiting. My dad and I made such a racket that everyone rushed to the basement to see who was injured.

Bonus: sad Kiffin.

Number 1: Antonio Langham Interception

ESPN did a documentary on this game called The Play That Changed College Football, in reference to this interception return.  Apart from all that, the reason it’s number one on my list is that this game was the first time I had ever seen an Alabama game in person.

Between that and all that was hanging on this game for the Tide, when Langham made that play I was hugging and jumping up and down with everybody in my section of Legion Field.

Skip to 3:18 in the video to see the play itself.

Honorable Mentions (in no order)

Eddie Lacy throws ND defender to the ground

This one is here mostly because it so captures the way Alabama had their way with Notre Dame in the 2012 Championship Game (even though Lacy only got 4 yards on the carry).

Trent Richardson jukes Ole Miss tackler

What’s not to love about this? Richardson should have been a contender for the Heisman.

TJ Yeldon screen to beat LSU

Sure, we lost to A&M the next week, but this was a big play for getting the boys back to the title game in 2012.

Shaun Alexander run in OT to beat Gators

It’s a fantastic run by Alexander, but really, the entire overtime theatrics are amazing.  My good friend Tracy was working retail at the time, and I was narrating the whole overtime mess to him by phone.  Bama crushed Florida when they met a second time in the SECCG that year.

Upchurch game winning catch against the Barn (2009)

Amazingly, only one play against Auburn in the whole list.  This was a fun one, though, in part because I watched with the family (several of whom have turned to the dark side).  Jeremy refused to be in the same house with me for the next Iron Bowl.

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2 Responses

  1. Ronnie Head says:

    Not a bad list! Going back before your time, I’d have to put the goal line stand in 1979 as the #1.
    Somewhere in the top 5, I’d have the run by Eddie Lacey against Auburn. It was only a 40 yd TD run, but he was touched by all 11 defenders during the run.

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