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I know he went through some tumultuous experiences while at UA, but he had nothing but good things to say about his time in Tuscaloosa. He told a great story about his first game at Alabama. The opponent was Southern Miss, featuring a sophomore quarterback who later went on to have a decent NFL career. His name was Brett Favre. Coach Curry said that he did not have a single healthy outside linebacker. One of his better linebackers, a guy name Rockwell(?), had a huge metal cast on his knee all week and could not walk let alone practice.
On the first play of the game, Favre rolled out of the pocket and was slammed by a Bama linebacker. Coach Curry spoke into the headset and asked who made the tackle. The guy on the other side of the headset informed him that it was Rockwell. Curry said, "that can't be possible, he couldn't even walk this week." The person responded, "but it's Saturday coach and he's wearing a crimson jersey."
Curry told me that there is something almost magical about those crimson jerseys. He said you don't even have to motivate the players because once they put on the crimson, something happens and they suddenly play with almost supernatural abilities.
He is a great guy. I also heard a lot of good stories about his time in Green Bay playing for Lombardi. I actually got to hold his championship ring from Super Bowl I.
No offense but thinking we we would win because of that crimson jersey caused us a helluva long time in the wilderness between 1982 and 2007.
Bragg Rockwell. Good guy.
Honestly, I think that crimson jersey won us a lot of games that we otherwise would have lost also.
They are brothers, so tomato, tomahto. Both played linebacker when we played Favre, I think.
Memphis State, Northern Illinois, Southern Miss, Central Florida, La. Tech, La. Monroe, 4 straight to Auburn, 6 straight to Auburn, all beg to differ.
This post was edited by Redwoodforest 13 months ago
If true, then he's changed tremendously. He was coaching at Bama when I was a student there. I interacted with him personally on numerous occasions and I'm here to tell you the man was a total and complete jackass back then.
Thanks. I'm too young to remember the reference.
Negative there grasshopper. That mentality loss us more games than anything during that time. Now I will have to say that the Crimson Jersey got us recruits that would not have come here otherwise.
Not defending anyone but People do change with time. If you look at me 10 years ago, you might think I was a bad guy compared to now.
This post was edited by BamaCassidy 13 months ago
Josey Wales: "I ain't promising you nothing extra. I'm just giving you life and you're giving me life."
Obviously we didn't win them all. But you can bet your ass that a lot of mediocre to poor tide teams have found a way to win games they had no business winning because of the pride of that Crimson jersey they were wearing.
Funny story on Rockwell. But can you imagine Coach Saban not knowing who was on the field?
I agree I wasn't rhe same man I was 5 years ago
Probably Lee Rockwell. Bragg did not graduate until 88.
Randy was the guy that beat the barner tight end Middleton in '84 and got Fulwood off balance so Rory Turner could "wax the dude". Bo going the wrong way helped also,
That was 2 years before Curry,but he played for Perkins and Curry.
88 was Farve's soph year.Lee Rockwell would have been a soph.
This post was edited by 442Bama 13 months ago
1984 300ZX Anniversary Model, 1970 Olds 442 W-30 & Pepper Bird
I have to disagree also. Imho, we have won a lot more games than we have lost due to who we are. And if we showed up unprepared it wasn't our players fault. Even Shula won 10 games one year with average players (probation players). It's magical because of the tradition created by CWW, CPB and now CNS.
Great point. Although, I do remember I game ( either his first or second year) that a backup db got in the game late in the game when we were up. The player made a mental mistake and he said " what the F is he doing in there?!" and proceeded to pull him out. I knew then that his attention to detail surpassed any other.
This post was edited by dc12 13 months ago
"That's the way it goes. But don't forget, it goes the other way too."
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