Trent Richardson

Trenton Jamond Richardson (born July 10, 1990)[1][2] is an American football running back who last played for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He played college football for the University of Alabama, was recognized as an All-American, and was a member of two BCS National Championship teams. Considered the top running back prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft, Richardson was considered by some as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, and was selected third overall by the Cleveland Browns.[3][4][5] After being traded away from the Browns during his second season with the team, and out of the NFL after five seasons, he is often considered one of the biggest draft busts in league history.[6][7]

Trent Richardson
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Richardson with the Colts in 2014
Free agent
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:July 10, 1990 (age 28)
Pensacola, Florida
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:229 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Escambia (Pensacola, Florida)
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:2,032
Rushing average:3.3
Rushing touchdowns:17
Receptions:113
Receiving yards:912
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Rushing yards:259
Rushing average:5.4
Rushing touchdowns:2
Player stats at CFL.ca

Early years

Richardson was born in Pensacola, Florida. He played football at Escambia High School[8] Richardson finished his senior season with 2,100 yards on 228 carries scoring 25 touchdowns. In a game against Milton High School in September 2008, Richardson rushed for 419 yards on 29 carries and scored six touchdowns, a performance that earned him a selection as the first ESPN RISE National Football Player of the Week.[9] As a junior, Richardson also reached the 400-yard plateau, as he ran for 407 yards in his opening game against Tate High School. He finished his junior season (8 games) with 1,390 yards and 13 touchdowns, and received FSWA All-State 5A second team honors. He sat out his second year due to an injury. He made the FSWA 5A All-State First Team as a senior, and was named 5A Florida Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2008 Mr. Football. Richardson also received consensus All-American honors and was named to the Orlando Sentinel's All Southern Team (Florida).

Richardson also lettered in track & field at Escambia. In 2008, he captured a regional title in the 100-meter dash (10.81 s) and placed 5th at the state meet with a time of 10.9 seconds (World-class sprinter Jeff Demps won the event).[10] He owned a personal-best time of 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters.[11] In addition, he also participated in the long jump event and had a best-mark of 6.55 meters.[12]

Richardson was frequently compared to Emmitt Smith, who also starred at Escambia (1987 graduate), but his physique and running style are more similar to Earl Campbell.[13] Richardson also drew comparisons to Michael Turner and O. J. Simpson.[14] Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Richardson was listed as the No. 2 running back prospect in the nation (behind only Bryce Brown).[15] He chose Alabama over Florida, Florida State, and LSU, among others.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Trent Richardson
RB
Pensacola, Florida Escambia High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.17 Jun 2, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
5 stars
   Rivals:
5 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (RB)   Rivals: 2 (RB)  ESPN: 1 (RB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Alabama Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  • "2009 Alabama Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 13, 2011.

College career

Alabama on offense against Kent State 9-3-2011
Richardson running the ball towards the endzone against the Kent State defensive line during his junior season at Alabama.

Richardson accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 2009 to 2011.[16]

2009 season

In his first year at Alabama, Richardson stepped in quickly for the departed Glen Coffee, and shared time at the tailback position with Roy Upchurch and Mark Ingram, Jr.[17] When recruited, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban called Richardson, "the real key to the class," and "an outstanding player at a position that a young player can contribute next year."[18]

In the second game of the season against Florida International, Richardson had 118 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 40–14 victory.[19] Richardson was named SEC Freshman of the Week for Week 2[20] and Week 4.[21] Richardson was also named to the 2009 SEC All-Freshman team alongside Barrett Jones and Nico Johnson.[22] He also contributed significantly in the 2010 BCS National Championship against the Texas Longhorns with 109 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.[23] For the season, he had 145 carries for 751 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns.[24] He also had 16 receptions for 126 yards receiving on the season.[24]

2010 season

Richardson started the first two games of the season with Mark Ingram sitting out due to an injury. In the season opener against San Jose State, he had 10 carries for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had 3 receptions for 46 yards. The following week against Penn State, he ran for a career-high 144 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. He also had 4 catches for 46 yards. Trent was named Co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.[25] In the annual rivalry game against Tennessee, he had 12 carries for 118 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 41–10 victory.[26]

For the season, he had 112 carries for 700 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns and 266 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.[27] Richardson also had 634 kick return yards with a touchdown on the year.[27]

2011 season

With the departure of Mark Ingram to the NFL, Richardson took over the starting role at running back. During the season, Richardson ran for over 100 yards in nine games. He tied Shaun Alexander with six consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He scored two or more touchdowns in seven games. He set a career-high against Ole Miss running for 183 yards and four touchdowns.[28][29] In the Iron Bowl, Richardson ran for a new career high of 203 yards in the 42–14 victory.[30][31] He won the Doak Walker Award becoming the first player from Alabama to win.[32] He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind eventual winner Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.[33][34] In the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, Richardson rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown to secure his second national championship with the Crimson Tide.[35]

For the season, Richardson had 1,679 rushing yards, breaking Mark Ingram's record for most rushing yards in a season, and 21 rushing touchdowns. His 21 rushing touchdowns was also an SEC running back record.[36] He also had 338 receiving yards with three touchdowns, making his season total touchdowns 24 which tied Shaun Alexander's SEC record.[36] On January 12, 2012, Richardson declared for the 2012 NFL Draft, thus forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility.[37] At the time of his announcement, he was projected as a first round pick and the top running back prospect in the draft.[37]

College career statistics

Year Team GP–GS Rushing Receiving Kick returns
Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Rec–Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G No. Yards Avg TD Long
2009 Alabama[24] 14–0 145 784 33 751 5.2 8 52 53.6 16 126 7.9 0 17 9.0 1 20 20 0 20
2010 Alabama[27] 11–2 112 719 19 700 6.2 6 65 53.8 23 266 11.6 4 85 24.2 24 634 26.4 1 91
2011 Alabama[36] 13–1 283 1740 61 1,679 5.9 21 76 129.2 29 338 11.7 3 61 26.0 3 66 22.0 0 24
Total 38–3 540 3243 113 3,130 5.8 35 76 75.9 64 730 10.4 7 85 20.3 28 720 25.7 1 91

Professional career

Pre-draft

Entering his junior season, Richardson was widely regarded as the best running back available in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he cemented his reputation with strong play over the course of the year.[38][39][40] After undergoing a minor knee surgery in February 2012, Richardson did not participate in drills at the 2012 NFL Combine.[41] He later also decided to skip workouts at the Alabama Pro Day on March 7.[42] Richardson held his own Pro Day on March 27.[43]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 9 14 in
(1.76 m)
228 lb
(103 kg)
30 14 in
(0.77 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.53 s 1.49 s 2.59 s 3.87 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
25 reps
Measurables are from NFL Combine,[44] all other values from Alabama Pro Day (2012-03-27)

By March 2012, Richardson was widely projected to be a top six draft choice by the majority of analysts and scouts, with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and St. Louis Rams rumored to be showing the most interest.[45][46][47][48][49] Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian called him one of the "three sure-thing players" in the 2012 draft.[50]

Cleveland Browns

Trent Richardson
Richardson with the Cleveland Browns

Richardson was selected in the first round with the third overall pick by the Cleveland Browns, after they had traded picks with the Minnesota Vikings to select him ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[51] Richardson was the highest selected running back since Reggie Bush went second overall in 2006.[52] The Browns had not selected a running back in the first round since William Green in 2002.[53] On July 23, Richardson and the Browns agreed to a four-year, $20.4 million contract (fully guaranteed) with a $13.3 million signing bonus.[54][55]

On August 9, 2012, Richardson underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove some cartilage fragments in his left knee.[56] Richardson missed the entire preseason, but returned for the season opener. In his debut against the Philadelphia Eagles, he rushed for 39 yards on 19 carries, being limited in his touches after having just come off the disabled list.[57] The following week, in a 24-34 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, he rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He also had 4 receptions for 36 yards and a receiving touchdown.[58] He was the first Browns rookie to rush for over 100 yards and score rushing and receiving touchdowns, all in the same game. During Week 13, against the Kansas City Chiefs, Richardson rushed for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns, tying Jim Brown's franchise rookie record of 9 touchdowns.[59] He rushed for 3.6 yards per carry, which was the lowest yards per carry stat for a rookie running back in the NFL 2012 season.[60]

Prior to the 2013 season, Richardson was ranked as the 71st best player in the NFL by his fellow players.[61] Richardson would only play two games for the Browns in 2013 before being traded. He rushed for 105 yards on 31 carries in losses to the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens.[62][63]

Indianapolis Colts

On September 18, 2013, Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round draft pick.[64] The Colts were looking for a running back after a season-ending injury to Vick Ballard.[65] In his first carry as a Colt, Richardson scored a one-yard touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.[66] He struggled through most of the season and was demoted in favor of Donald Brown on December 1, 2013.[67] Richardson returned to his starting role in the Colts Week 15 game against the Houston Texans when Brown left due to injury, and recorded his first touchdown since Week 4 against Jacksonville. Richardson fumbled on his first career playoff carry against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Colts' Wild Card 45–44 victory.[68]

Richardson began the 2014 season splitting carries with veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw, limiting his carries and yardage totals. Bradshaw was injured in a Week 11 game against the New England Patriots, making Richardson the lead back.[69] However, after Week 13, Dan Herron replaced Richardson as the Colts' primary running back after totaling 88 yards on just eight carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run.[70] In the 2014–15 NFL playoffs, Richardson was not active for Indianapolis' final two playoff games. He was suspended by the team for the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots after he missed walk through for what he called a "family emergency" and did not alert the team.[71] On March 12, 2015, the Colts waived Richardson.[72]

Oakland Raiders

On March 17, 2015, Richardson signed a two-year, $3,850,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders.[73] The deal included $600,000 guaranteed. He missed the first part of training camp due to a bout with pneumonia.[74] On August 31, 2015, Richardson was released by the team.[75]

Baltimore Ravens

On April 18, 2016, Richardson signed with the Baltimore Ravens,[76] but was waived by the team on August 2, 2016.[77]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

In July 2017, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League added Richardson to their negotiation list.[78] The following month, he announced his decision not to sign with the team.[79] However, he eventually signed with the team on September 26, 2017.[80] On October 27 against the Montreal Alouettes, Richardson suffered an ankle injury late in the game.[81] He was placed on the injured list on November 1,[82] and subsequently missed out on the playoffs. Richardson played in 4 games during the 2017 regular season, rushing 48 times for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns.[83] His rushing totals, as well as his average yards per carry increased each week. Richardson also recovered a fumble from quarterback Kevin Glenn during a quarterback sneak, and converted the first down. On May 10, 2018 Roughriders head coach Chris Jones announced that the team did not expect Richardson to report to the team's 2018 training camp on May 20, 2018.[84] On May 20, after failing to report to training camp, the Riders placed Richardson on the suspended list.[85] It was revealed that Richardson would lose custody of his children if he crossed the Canadian border, effectively keeping him from playing in the CFL, and so to allow Richardson to sign with the local franchise of the startup Alliance of American Football, he was released by the Roughriders on August 15, 2018.[86]

Birmingham Iron

In 2018, Richardson signed with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 AAF season.[87] During the first game of the 2019 AAF season against the Memphis Express, Richardson carried for 58 yards in 23 carries, resulting in 2.5 yards per carry with two rushing touchdowns[88] and one fumble.[89] Richardson also recorded one catch, breaking several tackles for a 14 yard gain and a first down, as well as a two point conversion catch following his first touchdown. In later weeks, Richardson would be utilized more as a receiving back, in addition to rushing duties. Richardson caught his first touchdown in a week 6 victory against the San Diego Fleet, and has scored at least one rushing touchdown in each game through 8 weeks, including a playoff clinching game in week 8 against the Atlanta Legends.[90]

Career statistics

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2012 CLE 15 15 267 950 3.6 32T 11 51 367 7.2 27 1 3 0
2013 CLE 2 2 31 105 3.4 10 0 7 51 7.3 18 0
2013 IND 14 8 157 458 2.9 22 3 28 265 9.5 24 1 2 1
2014 IND 15 12 159 519 3.3 27 3 27 229 8.5 24 0 2 1
Total 46 37 614 2,032 3.3 32 17 113 912 8.1 27 2 7 2

Postseason

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 IND 2 0 4 1 0.2 2 0 1 1
2014 IND 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 4 1 0.2 2 0 1 1

CFL statistics

Year Team GP Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2017 SSK 4 48 259 5.4 38 2 1 2 2.0 2 0 0 0
Total 4 48 259 5.4 38 2 1 2 2.0 2 0 0 0

Source:[83]

AAF statistics

Year Team GP Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 BIR 8 125 366 2.9 18 11 31 205 6.6 23 1 2 2
Total 8 125 366 2.9 18 11 31 205 6.6 23 1 2 2

Personal life

Richardson has two daughters[91] and one son.[92] On February 16, 2017, Richardson was arrested on third-degree domestic violence charges in Hoover, Alabama.[93]

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2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 115th overall season, 76th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 18th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his third year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season undefeated with a record of 14–0 (8–0 in the SEC) and as national champions.

Looking to build on the successes of the 2008 campaign, Alabama entered the 2009 season as the favorite to win the Western Division and meet the Florida Gators in the 2009 SEC Championship Game. Alabama closed the regular season with a 12–0 record including four wins against Top 25-ranked teams—and met the Gators for the SEC Championship in a rematch of the 2008 contest. Alabama was victorious by a final score of 32–13. The following day, final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings were unveiled. No. 1 ranked Alabama would meet No. 2 ranked Texas for the BCS National Championship. In the BCS National Championship Game, the Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37–21 to capture their first-ever BCS Championship. With the 14-0 record, they became only the 2nd team in college football history to accomplish this feat, behind the 2002 Buckeyes.

Alabama earned their third SEC championship since the inception of the SEC Championship Game in 1992, and their 22nd SEC title. The victory over Texas gave Alabama their 13th national championship in football (their eighth wire service title since the AP Poll began in 1936) and their ninth perfect season since 1925. The season included victories over the previous three national champions: Florida, Louisiana State University (LSU), and Texas.

The season marked the first time a player for Alabama won the Heisman Trophy: Mark Ingram won the award over Stanford running back Toby Gerhart. Other award winners included Rolando McClain, who won the Butkus Award and the Jack Lambert Award, and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. Also, six players were named to various All-America Teams with Terrence Cody, Mike Johnson, and Javier Arenas being consensus selections and Ingram and McClain each being unanimous selections.

2010 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2010 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 116th overall season, 77th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 19th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his fourth year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and three losses (10–3, 5–3 in the SEC) and defeated Michigan State 49–7 in the Capital One Bowl.

Alabama entered the season as defending national champions, and began the 2010 season as the preseason number one team in both the AP and Coaches' Polls. Favored to win a second consecutive SEC championship and be in contention for the national championship, the Crimson Tide opened the season with five consecutive victories over San Jose State, Penn State, Duke, Arkansas and Florida. However, Alabama completed the regular season with only nine victories and losses to South Carolina, LSU and Auburn and finished fourth in the Western Division. After the regular season, the Crimson Tide accepted an invitation to compete in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. Against Big Ten co-champions Michigan State, Alabama won by a final score of 49–7 and captured both a third straight ten win season and top ten finish.

2010 BCS National Championship Game

The 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game was the finale of the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and was played between the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, January 7, 2010. It was the 12th BCS National Championship Game, and the second consecutive year the champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) was matched against the champion of the Big 12 Conference.

The game was the ninth meeting of Texas and Alabama, though the first since the 1982 Cotton Bowl Classic. Prior to the game, Texas led the all-time series with a 7–0–1 record, with the first meeting in 1902.The match-up was the third game in which the Tournament of Roses hosted the BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, and the fifth time, overall, that it has hosted a No. 1 versus No. 2 match-up. However, this was the first time the Tournament of Roses hosted the game as a separate event from the Rose Bowl Game. They had previously hosted BCS Championship games in the 2006 and 2002 Rose Bowls, and pre-BCS No. 1 versus No. 2 match-ups in the 1969 and 1963 Rose Bowls.

ABC televised the game, as well as the Rose Bowl; Fox televised the remainder of the BCS. The match-up was the final BCS game to air on broadcast television, with cable network ESPN taking over all Bowl Championship Series telecasts starting in 2011. Following the game in June, Citi decided to end the sponsorship of any future Rose Bowl games, including the National Championship game.

2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 117th overall and 78th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 20th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his fifth year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of twelve wins and one loss (12–1 overall, 7–1 in the SEC) and as consensus national champions.

After the completion of the 2010 season, the Crimson Tide signed a highly rated recruiting class in February 2011 and completed spring practice the following April. With seventeen returning starters from the previous season, Alabama entered their 2011 campaign ranked as the number two team in the nation and as a favorite to win the Western Division and compete for the SEC championship. However, Alabama lost to the LSU Tigers in their regular season matchup, and as a result did not qualify for the 2011 SEC Championship Game. Despite not winning their conference championship, when the final Bowl Championship Series rankings were released, Alabama had the number two ranking to qualify for the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. In the rematch against LSU, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 21–0 to capture their second BCS Championship in three years.

At the conclusion of the season, the Alabama defense led the nation in every major statistical category, and was the first to do so since the 1986 season. Additionally, several players were recognized for the individual accomplishments on the field. Barrett Jones won both the Wuerffel Trophy and the Outland Trophy; and Trent Richardson won the Doak Walker Award, was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Also, seven players were named to various All-America Teams with Dont'a Hightower being a consensus selection and Mark Barron, Jones and Richardson each being unanimous selections. In April 2012, eight members of the 2011 squad were selected in the NFL Draft, with an additional six signed as undrafted free agents to various teams.

2011 All-SEC football team

The 2011 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2011 Southeastern Conference football season.

The LSU Tigers won the conference, beating the Georgia Bulldogs 42 to 10 in the SEC Championship game. The Tigers then lost the national championship to the Alabama Crimson Tide 21 to 0 in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, a rematch of a regular season game won in overtime by LSU 9 to 6.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson, a unanimous AP Selection, won the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back and was voted AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, also a unanimous AP selection, won the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player and was voted AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2011 Capital One Bowl

The 2011 Capital One Bowl was the sixty-fifth edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game was played on January 1, 2011 and matched the Alabama Crimson Tide from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. Televised by ESPN, Alabama won by a final score of 49–7.

2011 LSU vs. Alabama football game

The 2011 LSU vs. Alabama football game was a regular-season college football game between the unbeaten LSU Tigers (ranked No. 1 in the nation), and the unbeaten Alabama Crimson Tide (ranked No. 2 in the nation) on November 5, 2011, at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Coined a "Game of the Century," this was the first time two Southeastern Conference (SEC) football teams came into a regular season matchup undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation. In a game dominated by defense and special teams, LSU won in overtime 9–6. LSU kicker Drew Alleman made all 3 of his field goals, while Alabama kickers Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster made only 2 out of their 6 attempts, proving to be decisive in the game.

LSU and Alabama first met on the field in 1895, and have met annually since 1964. When former LSU head coach Nick Saban was hired in the same capacity at Alabama, their annual contest became, arguably, an even more heated rivalry than before. At the start of the 2011 season, Alabama was ranked No. 2 and LSU was ranked No. 4 in all of the major college polls, and prior to their annual meeting, each team defeated all eight of their opponents, and LSU moved into the No. 1 spot after a victory over West Virginia. Statistically, the game matched two of the top defenses in both the SEC and all of college football.

Alabama received the ball to begin the game. After a scoreless first quarter in which Alabama missed two field goals, both teams scored field goals in the second; Alabama also had another attempt blocked early in the second quarter, that left the score tied 3–3 at halftime. Alabama took a 6–3 lead in the third, but LSU tied the game at 6–6 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. In the overtime period, Alabama missed a 52-yard field goal. LSU then connected on a 25-yard field goal to win the game 9–6.

In the weeks after the game, both teams defeated their remaining opponents, and LSU captured the SEC Championship, after they defeated Georgia 42–10. On December 4, 2011, the final Bowl Championship Series standings were released with LSU ranked No. 1 and Alabama ranked No. 2 to set up a rematch in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. In the rematch, Alabama defeated LSU 21–0 and captured the 2011 national championship.

2011 Southeastern Conference football season

The 2011 Southeastern Conference football season began on Thursday, September 1, 2011 with Kentucky taking on Western Kentucky on ESPNU. The season concluded on January 9, 2012 as the Alabama Crimson Tide shut out LSU Tigers, 21–0 in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to claim their 14th national championship in school history.

2012 BCS National Championship Game

The 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game was a postseason college football bowl game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers, and determined the national champion of the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season on Monday, January 9, 2012, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game was part of the 2011–2012 Bowl Championship Series and a rematch of regular season foes.

Alabama beat LSU 21–0 to win their 14th national championship, marking the first shutout in a national championship game since the 1992 Orange Bowl and the first ever shutout in a BCS bowl game.

The game had the third-lowest TV rating, 14.01, in the 14-year history of the BCS National Championship game.It was LSU's first loss in a game played in New Orleans (which has a close proximity to the LSU campus in Baton Rouge) since the 1987 Sugar Bowl. From 1987 through the 2011 regular season, LSU was 4-0 in bowl games in New Orleans (three Sugar Bowls and the 2008 BCS National Championship Game) and 5-0 in the city vs. Tulane.

2012 Cleveland Browns season

The 2012 Cleveland Browns season was the franchise's 64th season as a professional sports franchise and its 60th season as a member of the National Football League. Although the team improved on its record to 5–11 this 2012 season from its 4–12 finish in 2011, the team still placed fourth in the AFC North. The team also failed to break its 9-year playoff drought, the longest in franchise history. The 2012 season was the third season under the leadership of team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert and the second season under head coach Pat Shurmur. The Browns also had Jimmy Haslam as their new owner, after buying the team from Randy Lerner. The Browns played all of their home games at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.

2019 Birmingham Iron season

The 2019 Birmingham Iron season was the first season for the Birmingham Iron as a professional American football franchise; they played as charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). They were one of eight teams to compete in the AAF for the 2019 season. The Iron played their home games at Legion Field and were led by head coach Tim Lewis.

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended, and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams.

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders identify individual statistical leaders of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program in various offensive categories, including passing, rushing, and receptions and defensive categories, including tackles, interceptions and quarterback sacks. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season and career leaders. The Alabama Crimson Tide football program is a college football team that represents the University of Alabama in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Passing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by quarterbacks. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2010 to 2013 seasons, AJ McCarron graduated as Alabama's career leader in passing yardage (9,019), completions (686) and touchdowns (77). Alabama's current starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, holds the record for passing yards in a single season, with 3,966 yards in 2018. Tagovailoa also holds the record for passing touchdowns in a single season, with 43 in 2018. John Parker Wilson holds the record for completions in a single season (255), set during the 2007 season. Scott Hunter holds the record for passing yards in a single game (484), set against Auburn in 1969; Gary Hollingsworth holds the school's record for most completions in a game (32), set against Tennessee and shares the record for touchdowns in a game (5), set against Ole Miss during the 1989 season. Tagovailoa tied the record for touchdowns in a game in the 2018 Iron Bowl against Auburn.Rushing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball rushing. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1996 to 1999 seasons, Shaun Alexander graduated as Alabama's career leader in rushes (727) and rushing yardage (3,565), though his yardage record was broken by Derrick Henry, who accrued 3,591 rushing yards from 2013 to 2015. Mark Ingram Jr. holds the record for career rushing touchdowns (42), set during his career that spanned from 2008 to 2010; this record has since been tied by Derrick Henry. All three major single-season rushing records were set by Henry in 2015: rushes (395), yards (2,219), and touchdowns (28). Single-game records include Henry for rushes (46) set against Auburn during the 2015 season in which he won the Heisman Trophy; Alexander for yardage (291) set against LSU during the 1996 season; and both Alexander and Santonio Beard for touchdowns (5) set against BYU and Ole Miss during the 1998 and 2002 seasons respectively.Receiving leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball by catching Forward passes. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2004 to 2007 seasons, D. J. Hall graduated as Alabama's career leader in receptions (194) and receiving yardage (2,923). Amari Cooper holds the record for career receiving touchdowns (20), set during his career that spanned from the 2012 to 2014 seasons. Receiving single-season records include Julio Jones with receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,133), and Amari Cooper with touchdown receptions (11) set during the 2010 and 2012 seasons respectively. Single game records for receptions (13) was set against Tennessee during the 2007 season by Hall and against Florida Atlantic during the 2014 season by Cooper; Jones for yardage (221) set against Tennessee during the 2010 season; and Homan, Michael Vaughn and Al Lary for touchdown receptions (3).In addition to offensive records, many who have played for the Crimson Tide have set various defensive records. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1983 to 1986 seasons, Wayne Davis graduated as Alabama's career leader in tackles (327); Woodrow Lowe as the single-season leader with 134 in 1974; DeMeco Ryans set the single-game record with 25 against Arkansas in 2003. After his career at Alabama that spanned from the 1990 to 1993 seasons, Antonio Langham graduated as Alabama's career leader in interceptions (19); Hootie Ingram as the single-season leader with 10 in 1952; and several players tied with the single game record of three. Derrick Thomas holds every Alabama record for quarterback sacks with 52 during his career from the 1985 to 1988 seasons, 27 in 1988 and five in a single game against Texas A&M in 1988.These stats are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Doak Walker Award

The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the top running back in college football in the United States. It is named in honor of Doak Walker, a star halfback in college for the SMU Mustangs and in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions. The 2018 winner of the Doak Walker Award was Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin.

The award requires all candidates to be:

in good academic standing, and

on schedule to graduate within one year of students in their eligibility classification.The award recipient receives a sculpture of Doak Walker, cast in bronze and mounted on a wooden base. It was created by artist Blair Buswell, who has sculpted the busts of more than a dozen inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Eddie Lacy

Edward Darwin Lacy Jr. (born June 2, 1990) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Alabama, where he was a member of three BCS National Championship teams in the 2009, 2011, and 2012 seasons. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

Montee Ball

Montee Ball Jr. (born December 5, 1990) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin, where he was twice recognized as the best running back in the Big Ten Conference and a consensus first-team All-American. He was also a member of the New England Patriots.

Until November 14, 2015, Ball held the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns with 77 and the NCAA Division I FBS-record for most career total touchdowns with 83.

Ryan Grigson

Ryan Richard Grigson (born February 23, 1972) is an American football executive. From 2012 to 2016, he served as the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL).

Grigson played college football as a tight end and offensive tackle for the Purdue Boilermakers and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Detroit Lions from 1995 to 1996, and played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1997 before he retired due to a back injury. Grigson was a pro scout for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and an assistant coach for McPherson College in 1998. In 1999 he was a player personnel coordinator and assistant coach for the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League.

From 1999 to 2003, Grigson was a national and regional scout for the St. Louis Rams. He was hired by the Eagles as a western regional scout in 2004, and was promoted to director of college scouting in 2006. He was promoted to director of player personnel in 2010 before being hired by the Colts in 2012. He has also worked with the Cleveland Browns.

William Vlachos

William Christos Vlachos (born May 26, 1988) is a former American football center for the University of Alabama.

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