Bama football by the jersey numbers

We’ve all heard the saying “it’s all in the numbers,” and nowhere does that hold more true than in the world of sports. Win-loss records. Statistics. Time keeping. The very foundation of sport itself is built on keeping things in order via numbers.

There’s another area where numbers play a very important role in sports—for some fans more than others—and that’s in the area of player identification or jersey numbers as they are more commonly called.

Fans buy replica jerseys with a player’s number on them. Public address announcers give starting lineups with numbers included. TV analysts tell us what’s going on by calling out numbers, and the list goes on and on.

So now that we’ve established that numbers are an indispensable part of sports, let’s have a little fun with them.

A long, long time ago when I was the editor of Saints Digest, the official team fan magazine of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, I compiled list of who I thought was the best player to ever wear a particular black-and-gold number. And that was interesting because in their first season of 1967, the Saints had a player named Obert Logan who wore…you guessed it…No. 0.

As I started thinking back on this, I immediately thought it would be a fun challenge to come up with the same type of list for some of the college football teams we spotlight at Hall & Arena, and in a snap, 20-25 Alabama Crimson Tide players came immediately to mind.

Since I don’t believe Bama has ever had a player wear No. 0. what follows is my list of Alabama greats by jersey number 1 to 99. And for the numbers that have been sported by a handful of greats, I will include honorable mentions (HM). 

And away we go…

1 — Al Bell

2 — Jalen Hurts; HM: David “The Deuce” Palmer, Pierre Goode

3 — Van Tiffin; HM: Trent Richardson, Calvin Ridley

4 — Joey Jones; HM: Mark Barron, Tyrone Prothro

5 — Andrew Zow; HM: Roy Upchurch

6 — Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix; HM: Blake Sims

7 — Jay Barker

8 — Julio Jones; HM: Greg Gantt

9 — Amari Cooper; HM: Freddie Kitchens

10 — A.J. McCarron; HM: Walter Lewis, Bart Starr

11 — Mike Shula

Ray Perkins (88) and Joe Namath (12) | Courtesy Alabama Athletics

12 — Joe Namath; HM: Pat Trammell

13 — Tua Tagovailoa; HM: George Teague, David Smith,

14 — Richard Todd; HM: Gary Hollingsworth, Steve Sloan, Jake Coker

15 — Tommy Wilcox; HM: Mal Moore, Freddie Milons

16 — Paul Ott Carruth

17 — Philip Doyle; HM: Greg Richardson, Kenyan Drake

18 — Reggie Ragland

19 — Jeremiah Castille

20 — Sherman Williams

21 — Dre’ Kirkpatrick; HM: Freddie Robinson

22 — Mark Ingram: HM: Johnny Musso, Tony Nathan

23 — Reggie Myles

24 — Kevin Turner

25 — Linnie Patrick; HM: Rolando McClain, Derrick Lassic

26 — Bobby Humphrey; HM: Ricky Moore, Landon Collins

27 — Siran Stacy

28 — Don McNeal; HM: Javier Arenas, Dee Milliner

29 — Minka Fitzpatrick; HM: John Mangum

30 — Dont’a Hightower; HM: Steve Bowman

31 — Sam Shade

32 — C.J. Mosley

33 — Anfernee Jennings

34 — Damian Harris; HM: Robert Stewart

35 — Kerry Goode; HM: DeMeco Ryans

36 — Chris Goode

37 — Shawn Alexander; HM: Rory Turner

38 — Glen Coffee

39 — E.J. Junior

40 — David Ray

41 — Courtney Upshaw; HM: Roman Harper, Vaughn Mancha

42 — Major Ogilvie; HM: Eddie Lacy

Antonio Langham (University of Alabama) returns a Shane Matthews (University of Florida) interception 21-yards for a touchdown providing the final 28–21 win for the University of Alabama. FILE PHOTO-1992 Alabama-Florida SEC Football game. Birmingham News Photo / Bernard Troncale.

43 — Antonio Langham

44 — Craig Turner

45 — Murry Hill

46 — Joe Carter

47 — Woodrow Lowe

48 — Desmond Holoman

49 — Rashard Johnson

50 — Wayne Hall

51 — Evan Mathis; HM: Tommy Cole

52 — Harry Gilmer

53 — Jimmy Carroll

54 — Wes Neighbors

55 — Derrick Thomas

56 — Greg Gilbert

57 — Dwight Stephenson; HM: Marcel Dareus

58 — Wayne Davis

59 — George Bethune

60 — Chris Samuels

61 — Tobie Sheils

62 — Terrence Cody

63 — Jim Bunch

64 — Mike Burkett

65 — Chance Warmack

66 — Roger Shultz

67 — Joe Dismuke

68 — Will Friend

69 — Jon Stevenson

70 — Ryan Kelly; HM: Wesley Britt

71 — Andre Smith; HM: Cyrus Kouandjio, Ross Pierschbacher

72 — Willard Scissum

73 — John Hannah; HM: Billy Neighbors

74 — Cam Robinson

75 — Barrett Jones; HM: Bradley Bozeman

76 — D.J. Fluker

77 — Barry Krauss; HM: Bill Condon, James Carpenter

78 — Jon Hand

79 — Byron Holdbrooks

80 — Wilbur Jackson; HM: Eric Curry

81 — Mike Pitts; HM: Lamonde Russell

Irv Smith Jr. | Photo by Robert Sutton – Courtesy Alabama Athletics

82 — Ozzie Newsome; HM: Irv Smith Jr., Clay Whitehurst

83 — Kevin Norwood

84 — Bill Battle

85 — Howard Cross

86 — Keith McCants

87 — Dwayne Rudd

88 — Ray Perkins; HM: Jesse Bendross, O.J. Howard

89 — Kris Mangum

90 — Thomas Boyd

91 — Bob Baumhower

92 — Quinnen Williams

93 — Marty Lyons; HM: Jonathan Allen

94 — Sylvester Croom; HM: John Copeland

95 — Curt Jarvis

96 — Randy Edwards

97 — John Mitchell; HM: Cornelius Bennett

98 — Jackie Cline

99 — Raekwon Davis

 

And there you have it. This list is certainly not complete, but it is comprehensive dating from the 1931 season when Bama began putting numbers on jerseys. It should also be noted that some Alabama standouts like Derrick Henry, Lee Roy Jordan and even Kenny “The Snake” Stabler wore multiple jersey numbers during their time at the Capstone so for purposes of this list they were not included at either number.

This list is also very much a subject for debate because, well that’s what these kinds of listings are really for if truth be told. So scour it, toss it around, and let me know if I’ve missed someone. If you like the list, let me know. If you disagree with any selections, by all means leave me a comment and let me know that, too.

It’s been fun putting this together and taking a trip down memory lane as I did so, but I’m really interested to see if any of you diehard Bama fans out there have strong opinions about it one way or the other. With that said, the floor is open, the debate begins, and I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say. H&A

 

Cover photo: Kerry Goode (35) 

 

 

Jimmy Creed

Jimmy Creed

Jimmy Creed is the former award-winning sports editor of The Anniston (Alabama) Star and editor of Saints Digest, the official team publication of the New Orleans Saints. He is a two-time winner of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Herby Kirby Award for the best sports story in the state of Alabama and has received numerous writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Motorsports Press Association. and the Alabama Press Association. He is also the author of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison's biography "Donnie Allison: As I Recall."
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