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Football Fights: Strongside Linebacker

What school is it that claims to be Linebacker U? Penn State, maybe? Well, did they have Lee Roy Jordan, Mike Hall, Barry Krauss, Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas, DeMeco Ryans? The good news is those men all played great football for Alabama. The bad news is that all of them are gone.

DeMeco Ryans is the latest linebacker to leave the Alabama football team, a proud graduate with perhaps more honors than any man ever to play for the Crimson Tide. And that takes in some great, great players. (Middle linebacker Freddie Roach has also graduated, but that's a story for another day.) Ryans didn't have statistically as good a year in his senior season as he had in a couple of...

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