It is the dream of every player who straps on a helmet—to someday be called an All-American.
Ever since Walter Camp introduced his first All-America team in 1889, the distinction has represented the highest level of achievement for a college player, short of winning the Heisman Trophy or one of the other major individual awards.
Through the 2011 season, 103 Alabama players have been selected first team All-Americans. More than three dozen others have been named second team, third team or honorable mention All-America.
But for various reasons, some of the greatest of all Alabama players never achieved All-America distinction…
David Bailey (1969-71):One of the most prolific receivers in Alabama history, the sure-handed Bailey became the favorite target of quarterback Scott Hunter as the Crimson Tide employed an aggressive passing attack. His 56 receptions in 1969 broke Dennis Homan’s single-season school record, including a program-best 12 catches against Tennessee. But perhaps most memorable was his performance in a nationally televised game against Ole Miss, when he caught nine passes for 115 yards to help lead Alabama to a thrilling 33-32 victory. In 1970, he caught another 55 balls. Prior to his senior year of 1971, Alabama switched to the run-oriented wishbone, significantly reducing his role in the Tide offense. But he ended his career with school records for catches (132) and yards (1,857).
Tim Davis (1961-63):In an age when kicking chores tended to be handled by linemen or backs pulling triple duty, the eldest of Pig Davis’ sons led Alabama’s evolution toward kicking as a specialty. Field goals were still sparingly attempted in those days, but few Tide kickers have ever matched Tim’s range or consistency. In his final collegiate game, Davis became the undisputed hero, booting four field goals to lift Alabama to a 12-7 upset of Ole Miss in the 1964 Sugar Bowl.
Mike Fracchia (1960-61, 63): Ask anyone who ever saw Fracchia rumble up the field. The guy could play. Fast, punishing and difficult to topple, Fracchia led the Crimson Tide in rushing (652 yards on 130 carries) during the national championship season of 1961. But a devastating knee injury caused him to miss what would have been his senior season in 1962, and when he returned, the magic was gone.
Kerry Goode (1983, 86-87): After showing flashes of brilliance during his freshman season—setting the single-season rookie rushing record—Goode opened his sophomore year with one of the most electrifying performances ever by an Alabama back. In the nationally televised game against Boston College in 1984, Goode set a school record with 297 all-purpose yards. Next stop, Heisman campaign. But then he went down with a season-ending injury, derailing a promising career.
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