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Many remember Ed for the fumble in the 1997 Iron Bowl (although the coaching staff deserves 100% of the blame for the playcall and putting him in that position). I remember Scissum for the kickoff return that followed.
I do not think I have ever seen an Alabama player exhibit the kind of effort that he displayed on that return. He was literally dragging Auburn defenders down the field with him. If AJ Diaz could have made the field goal (and it was 50 yards plus so not blaming him either), Scissum would be an Alabama legend right now.
Anybody else remember that return? Honestly, I get teary-eyed watching the end of that game because of the emotions of Scissum and just the all-out effort. All of my upvotes to anybody who can produce a link to that kick return in this thread.
Remember it well. He left it all on the field. +1
"Quit trying to make a play and do your job!"
That's when I realized what it means to some players.
I was so proud of him. It made that loss sting a little less.
Wonder what Ed is doing now.
Never been so sick in my life as I was that night in Jordan hare. Was not scissuns fault though. Awful play call. Run the ball to 37 and punt and game over. Bama D controlled that game that night. No way auburn goes 40 + yards in 30 seconds on us with no timeouts.
Yeah, that game was sickening for me. However, I do think I am one of the few who believes it was not a bad play call. I think it was just a fluke fumble. He could have as easliy fumbled it on a hand off.
I was very young but his KO return and his emotion is the only thing I can remember from that game. That guy will always be one of my favorite players because of that.
Alabama had zero business being in that game. They threw out the least talented starting defensive line I can ever remember from Alabama for that game.
After the fumble, Auburn only had to move the ball 11 yards to set up a 39-yard FG. Had Alabama ran the ball and punted, Auburn would have had less than 40 seconds to go a long way for the game-winner.
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I remember that fumble. I had just bought a $1000 camcorder since we just had a baby. I had left it sitting in the floor on the other side of the room. When Scissum fumbled the ball, I threw the remote across the room in no particular direction. Unfortunately, it went right to my new camcorder and broke it. Terrible night...
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I'd say he's doing pretty awesome right now :)
Awesome x averylargenumber!
I'll never forget that play either. I was so proud of our team, we were so outmatched but outplayed them all game. I was only 13 but knew enough to know we had no business having the lead so late.
Horrible play call...but at the same time, Scissum knew the play call. It wasn't a surprise to him and he knew the stakes. He should have held on to the ball. That said, I saw how much the game meant to him and that return was nothing short of amazing. I hold no ill will and that return is indicative of how important this rivalry is in this state.
It's also the reason I don't give a sh*t what the point spread is on Saturday...I want blood.
Big Ed was one of the assistant coaches on my high school team. Great guy real emotional and truly loves the game. Our offensive line coach was Larry Rose All American for Alabama.
I was truly blessed to have been coached by these special Bama players maybe they are one of the reasons I'm so passionate about football.
I had forgotten about the kick return until you mentioned it. Thanks CKat.
"BINGO! That was a goody!" - Coach Bryant on Sunday afternoons with Coca Cola & Golden Flakes
I still hate Bruce Arians for that garbage play cal
According to Dabo, Bruce Arians was screaming at DuBose over the headphones to make the call. Asked him again. DuBose handed the headphones back to Dabo and walked away without a reply, so Arians made the call--a very bad one.
Oh yes, I remember it well. And I remember Ed for the same reasons you do. That kind of passion and determination is what the Crimson jersey is all about. Seeing how emotional he was after the game really made my heart go out to him.
Roll Tide Ed! He cemented himself as one of my favs after that effort.
I knew Ed from pee-wee through high school. My dad was our pee-wee coach and he (Ed) is still to this day one of my dad's favorite players. Dad called him "smiley", b/c he always came to practice, practiced and left with a smile on his face. Well, one time he didn't, he quit and his dad brought him back the next day and he appologized. I am not saying that to knock on Ed, but rather explain why he is such a good guy; he had a great set of parents that really cared about him and pushed him to be a better Ed. Ed/Kenneth was always smiles and sir/ma'am. I knew what kind of guy he was and I assume still is and that is why I hated BA for that call. They don't come any better than Ed and that certainly shouldn't have happened to him.
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