Julio May Be Next Tide Receiver Legend

Julio Jones

Alabama has had many great players in its history. Players like Joe Namath, LeeRoy Jordan, Derrick Thomas and Shawn Alexander have worn Crimson jerseys. Alabama has also seen some of the greatest receivers to ever play the game. Don Hutson and Ozzie Newsome set records at Alabama and in professional football.



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Don Hutson played for Alabama in the early 1930s opposite another legend, Paul "Bear" Bryant. Alabama won one of its 12 national championships with Hutson playing end opposite Paul Bryant in 1934. (Bryant, a good player, was known as "The Other End" in deference to the greatness of Hutson.)

Hutson went on to become a legend in pro football while playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Hutson is credited with creating many modern pass routes used in the NFL today. He was the dominant receiver of his day and is widely considered to be one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, holding almost all important receiving records at the time of his retirement and for many years thereafter. Some of his records were not broken until Jerry Rice came along.

Hutson is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Ozzie Newsome held most receiving records at Alabama and also was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

His records at Alabama were accomplished while playing for Bear Bryant on a team that ran the Wishbone offense. He was a four-year starter and was nicknamed "The Wizard of Oz."

Newsome went on to play for The Cleveland Browns. His career with the Cleveland Browns is the stuff of legends. Newsome went to the Pro Bowl in 1981, 1984 and 1985.

He finished his career with 662 receptions and 7,980 yards, both Cleveland franchise records, and 47 touchdowns. He is considered to be the greatest receiver to ever play for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Ozzie Newsome is now the general manager for the Baltimore Ravens.

Julio Jones was born on February 3,1989 just about the time Ozzie Newsome decided to hang up his cleats.

Like Ozzie Newsome, Julio Jones was highly coveted as a recruit coming out Foley (Alabama) High School, where he maintained a 3.5 GPA. Foley High School is also the alma mater of one Kenny Stabler, another Alabama football legend.

Julio Jones was not only the No.1 receiver prospect for 2007, some considered him the No.1 recruit period. He had offers from seemingly every major school in the country.

Fortunately for Alabama fans he chose the University of Alabama.

From the day Julio stepped on the practice field at Alabama everyone knew he was special. He stood 6'4 and weighed 220 pounds. He could run a 4.45 40 yard dash and had a vertical lead of 38.6 inches.

It was said he could run over you or by you and it was completely his choice.

Julio Jones started the first game he saw while dressed in an Alabama uniform. He caught 4 passes for 28 yards and one touchdown that night and went on to have 46 receptions for 723 yards and 4 touchdowns for the year.

Now that may not sound impressive, but it was done on a predominately running team while being double covered by every opponent while playing with a broken wrist!

Yes, that is not an urban legend story, Julio Jones has been playing with a broken wrist all year. This may very well account for the few misses on passes thrown his way this year, especially the circus catches he missed.

Details are sketchy at this time, but the story is that he kept it to himself because he wanted to play so bad this year. It reminded me of Coach Bryant playing in the Tennessee game with a broken leg because he wanted to play so bad as well.

Yes, Julio Jones could possibly be Alabama's next Ozzie Newsome if he stays at Alabama long enough, and he could possibly leave the capstone holding every receiving record set there.

If he could accomplish what he has so far with a broken arm, just imagine what this young man will accomplish with two good hands in the coming years.

I don't know about you folks, but that makes an impression on me.

Julio Jones must be one tough player, and a man among men.

I would not be surprised to see this young man someday join the other elite players that have played at the Capstone, and leave Alabama a legend in his own time.

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