Alabama


 

1964-82 Crimson Tide
(Authentic Reproduction)
 

 

 


THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON OF 1965

 

With Namath gone, Steve Sloan, who had filled in admirably when Joe Willie was injured, had his turn leading the squad and he was extremely successful despite an opening day 18-17 loss to Georgia. He was named as an All American, taking the team to a 9-1-1 record, and finishing the year as National Champions.  Sloan played for the Falcons for two seasons but won greater notice as a collegiate head coach at Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, and Duke. Halfback Steve Bowman, a two-time All SEC choice led the conference in rushing and was with the Giants in 66. A concussion in 1967s training camp, which later led to CTE ended his pro career. Fullback Les Kelley showed potential as did sophomore quarterback Ken Stabler who was used primarily as a designated rusher. The line was led by lean tackle Cecil Dowdy and All Conference end Tommy Tolleson who was with the Falcons for a season. He returned to Bama as an assistant coach in 68. Ray Perkins and young Dennis Homan were primary receivers when Sloan threw. A prominent weapon was All American kicker David Ray who spent six seasons with the Rams after time with Montreal in the CFL. Linebacker Paul Crane was an All American, and played well for the Jets from 66 to 72. Defensive end Creed Gilmer and junior defensive back Bobby Johns added to the great play of the defense as All SEC picks and linebacker Jackie Sherrill completed his career and became a rather well known and at times controversial head coach. He headed the programs at Washington State, Pitt where he won fifty games in five years, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State. The squad finished the season with a strong 39-28 Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska. Observers not only marveled at the depth that Bama displayed, but noted that their 1965 freshman team could be the best in their history. Helmet buffs noted the use of the white shell in the October 30th victory over Mississippi State.

  

If interested in any of these Alabama helmets please click on the photos below.