Monday, July 10, 2006
And They Call It Sweet Home Alabama
It's difficult to believe that Alabama, coached by Paul Bryant, didn't sign its first black player until 1970. That player, Wilbur Jackson, went on to become a first-round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers and played nine seasons in the NFL. Oddly enough, Jackson, who won a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins, is not in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. In fact, he'd never even been nominated. All this is about to change, as Jackson recently received word of his nomination. ... One thing Alabama fans haven't forgotten about is the 1966 team, which finished undefeated but failed to win a third consecutive national championship. A new book by Keith Dunnavant titled, "The Missing Ring: How Bear Bryant and the 1966 Alabama Crimson Tide were denied College Football's Most Elusive Prize," is scheduled to be released Aug. 22. A little more than a week later, on Aug. 31, the team will gather for a reunion and special program at — you guessed it — the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham to celebrate the 40th anniversary of being nudged out by Notre Dame.
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