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2012 “Legends”

Johnny Davis – At Alabama, Johnny was a hard-nosed runner in “Bear” Bryant’s vaunted wishbone attack. He is listed as the 7th all-time leading rusher in Crimson Tide history.  Johnny  played ten seasons in the NFL from (1978–1987). He was a tough inside runner and considered one of the best blocking fullbacks in NFL history. He was a second round pick (30) in 1978 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played from 1978-80 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1981 for the San Francisco 49ers, and 1982-87 for the Cleveland Browns.

Antonio Langham - One of the best defensive players in Crimson Tide history. He was a three-year starter at left cornerback for Alabama and set school records with 19 interceptions, including three that he returned for touchdowns, and added two touchdowns on blocked punt returns. In the inaugural SEC Championship game in 1992, Langham broke open a tight game with a 27-yard interception for a touchdown that was the margin of victory in a 28-21 victory over Florida, which would be the Tide’s last SEC Championship until 1999. The Cleveland Browns selected Langham in the first round (ninth pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he played for the Browns during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. He is one of only two players to have played for the Cleveland Browns before they became the Baltimore Ravens and return to the Browns after the expansion team formed in 1999; the other player is Orlando Brown. His best year as a pro came during the 1996 season as a member of the Baltimore Ravens when he intercepted five passes for 59 yards.

Lee Roy Jordan - Between 1960–1962, Jordan was a standout for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team under legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He played as both a linebacker and center for the team. In his sophomore season of 1960, he helped the Crimson Tide finish with an 8–2–1 record. In the Bluebonnet Bowl, versus the Texas Longhorns, he was named the game’s MVP in a 3–3 tie. The following year, Jordan was again an important part of the team as Alabama finished with an 11–0 record, a SEC Championship, and a National Championship. The season included six shutouts, which included a 34–0 blowout of rival Auburn. Alabama wrapped up the season with a 10–3 victory over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. In his senior season, the Crimson Tide fell short of another National Championship with a 10–1 record. In his final game for the Tide, Jordan recorded 31 tackles in a 17–0 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. For his performance, he received his second MVP award in a bowl game. At the end of his senior year, he received unanimous All-American status. During his career for Alabama, Jordan received high praises from coach Bear Bryant. Bryant stated, “He was one of the finest football players the world has ever seen. If runners stayed between the sidelines, he tackled them. He never had a bad day, he was 100 percent every day in practice and in the games.” He was drafted by the Cowboys in 1963. He became the franchise’s all-time leader in solo tackles (743) in his 14 seasons with the Cowboys. He was a two-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowler. He also helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowls and five NFC Championship games.

Dr. Gaylon McCullough – Dr. McCullough played in the glory days of Alabama football. From 1961 to 1964, Alabama went 40-4, winning three bowl games and a two National Championships (1961 and 1964). In 1964, Alabama went 10–1, winning its sixth SEC title and second AP national championship. On October 24, Bama rallied for ten points in the fourth quarter to beat Florida (and their star quarterback Steve Spurrier) 17–14. Another ten-point rally in the fourth quarter led to a 17–9 victory over LSU. In the regular season finale, Ray Ogden returned a kickoff 100 yards, Ray Perkins caught a touchdown pass, and Bama beat Auburn 21–14. Dr. McCullough was the center for the Legendary Joe Namath. In 1965, He was a 10th round pick by the Dallas Cowboys and was the 4th Crimson Tider taken in the draft behind Joe Namath, Ray Ogden, and Frank McClendon.

Gerald Robinson – A stand-out defensive end during the Pat Dye Era, Gerald is the All-time sack leader in Auburn history. In 1983, the Auburn Tigers, led by head coach Pat Dye and running back Bo Jackson, finished 11-1 after playing the nation’s toughest schedule. Their only loss came against #3 Texas, who defeated the Tigers 20-7. Auburn went on to defeat #8 Michigan 9-7 in the Sugar Bowl. Despite entering the bowl games ranked third in both major polls, and with both teams ranked higher losing their bowl games, the Tigers ended ranked third in the final AP poll. This despite the fact that Miami had played a dead average schedule while Auburn had played one of the toughest schedules in Championship contender history. Gerald was a first round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1986, and played nine years in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, the San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams.

Ben Thomas – As part of a stellar defensive line in the mid-80′s, Ben anchored a stout defense stifled both the SEC and the entire nation. In 1982, Pat Dye led Auburn to a 9-3 record and its first bowl appearance in eight years. The 1982 season would also begin a streak of nine consecutive bowl game appearances. The most notable game of the season came against Alabama in the Iron Bowl, when Auburn snapped the Tide’s 9-game winning streak. The 1982 Iron Bowl is widely known as the “Bo Over the Top” game, for Auburn running back Bo Jackson’s leap over the top of a pile from the one yard line to secure a 23-22 victory over Alabama. This would be the final Iron Bowl for Alabama’s legendary coach, Paul W. Bryant, who retired after the 1982 season. Dye’s most storied season came in 1983, when the Tigers went 11-1, claiming the conference championship. Drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2nd round of the 1985 NFL Draft, he played professionally in the NFL for 5 seasons and retired in 1991. Ben played for the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams.

Kevin Porter – Another star on this All-Star group of defensive talent at Auburn in the mid ’80′s, Kevin emerged as a tough, physical, cornerback who helped propel Auburn to national prominence. Their SEC championship in his senior year, was the first of three straight SEC championships for Auburn. Kevin was a third round pick in the 1988 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played for 6 season in the NFL with Kansas City (1988-1992) and the New York Jets (1992-1993). “Coach” Porter is now the head football coach at Point University in Georgia.

Cole Cubelic - “Cube” is a former center for the Auburn Tigers. He lettered on the Plains from 1997-2000. Cole was part of the group that ushered in the Tommy Turberville era.  In Turberville’s first season, the Tigers finished with a 5-6 record, but would return to the SEC Championship Game in 2000, following a 9-0 victory over Alabama, which was played in Tuscaloosa for the first time in 99 years. The Tigers fell to Florida 28-6, but would begin a streak of eight consecutive bowl appearances. In 2003, he began a stint as color commentator for the Auburn Tigers and their pay-per-view television broadcasts. He continued in the booth through the 2008 season. In 2009, he took a similar role for the Sun Belt Network and broadcasts as the color commentator for their game of the week.

Rob Pate - Rob Pate was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. A four-year starter in football, basketball, and baseball, and the winner of the Class 5-A Bryant-Jordan Achievement Scholarship, he accepted an athletic scholarship to play football for the Auburn Tigers. As a four-year starter for the Tigers, he was a member of many All-Conference teams, a two-time Academic All-America All-District selection, a four-time SEC Honor Roll recipient, and the Pat Dye Leadership Award winner. Pate graduated from Auburn University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology.