Twelve and Counting: The National Championships of Alabama Football

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Alabama football is a story of winners who have established a championship legacy, and Twelve and Counting tells that glorious story by focusing on each of the twelve times, so far, that The University of Alabama football team has won the national championship. Dating back to 1925, when Wallace Wade coached the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season and earned a spot in the Rose Bowl, the driving goal of every season has been that ultimate crown....

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Overview

Alabama football is a story of winners who have established a championship legacy, and Twelve and Counting tells that glorious story by focusing on each of the twelve times, so far, that The University of Alabama football team has won the national championship. Dating back to 1925, when Wallace Wade coached the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season and earned a spot in the Rose Bowl, the driving goal of every season has been that ultimate crown.
 
When Alabama defeated Washington 29—13 in the 1926 Rose Bowl, celebrations occurred throughout the South, and the Crimson Tide became known as “Dixie’s Football Pride.” At every whistle-stop from Texas through Louisiana and into Mississippi, fans of all ages crowded depots to get a glimpse of the Tidesmen who had brought prestige to southern football by defeating the West Coast power. With such now-legendary players as Johnny Mack Brown and Pooley Hubert among them, the team was mobbed in Tuscaloosa as they paraded from the railroad station to the Quad for a celebration never before experienced in the Deep South.
 
There would be many more crowning moments for the Crimson and White. A winning team surfaced the very next year, when Wu Winslett’s squad sealed the national championship at the Rose Bowl for a second time; then winning seasons and bowl games culminating in the coveted crown followed again in ‘30, ‘34, ‘41, ‘61, ‘64, ‘65, ‘73, ‘78, ‘79, and ‘92. Among the many outstanding coaches and players associated with these national championships are Frank Thomas, Dixie Howell, Don Hutson, Jimmy Nelson, Holt Rast, Pat Trammel, Sam Bailey, Lee Roy Jordan, Harry Gilmer, Bill Lee, Ken Stabler, Joe Willie Namath, Gary Rutledge, Randy Billingsley, Barry Krauss, Clem Gryska, Gene Stallings, and, of course, the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant.
 
But football is a team sport, and it is the story of the whole teams that came together with such dedication, hard work, and pride—and a common principle of competing at the highest level—that is detailed in the 12 main chapters of this book. A 13th chapter looks at the uncrowned teams listed in the media guide as the “other 5,” those Alabama teams considered national champions by at least one national ranking service.  
 
It’s all here—“Mama called,” the wishbone formation, “The Goal Line Stand,” the Million Dollar Band, the coaching tower, the Davis kicking dynasty, the double-wing attack, Coach of the Year, Team of the Decade—those glorious milestones and high points in Alabama football history so savored by the whole Crimson Nation. Roll Tide!

Contributors:
1925 by Andrew Doyle
1926 by Taylor Watson
1930 by Delbert Reed
1934 by Mitch Dobbs
1941 by Wayne Atcheson
1961 by Winston Groom
1964 by Tom Roberts
1965 by Keith Dunnavant
1973 by John David Briley
1978 by Kirk McNair
1979 by Steve Townsend
1992 by Gene Stallings with Erik Stinnett
The Other 5 by Allen Barra

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817316440
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,420,520
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Gaddy is Director of The Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.   
Mal Moore has been a part of Alabama football for almost four decades—as a member of Coach Bryant’s first recruiting class in 1958 and on the 1961 championship team, later as a coach, and currently, as the Crimson Tide’s Director of Athletics.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Mal Moore Moore, Mal

Introduction Kenneth Gaddy Gaddy, Kenneth 1

Ch.1 1925 Andrew Doyle Doyle, Andrew 5

Ch. 2 1926 Taylor Watson Watson, Taylor 19

Ch. 3 1930 Delbert Reed Reed, Delbert 33

Ch. 4 1934 Mitch Dobbs Dobbs, Mitch 45

Ch. 5 1941 Wayne Atcheson Atcheson, Wayne 57

Ch. 6 1961 The Resurrection Winston Groom Groom, Winston 70

Ch. 7 1964 Tom Roberts Roberts, Tom 84

Ch. 8 1965 Keith Dunnavant Dunnavant, Keith 94

Ch. 9 1973 John David Briley Briley, John David 105

Ch. 10 1978 Kirk McNair McNair, Kirk 116

Ch. 11 1979 Steve Townsend Townsend, Steve 129

Ch. 12 1992 Gene Stallings Stallings, Gene Erik Stinnett Stinnett, Erik 141

Ch. 13 The Other Five Allen Barra Barra, Allen 148

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