Alabama: No. 12 football state

Originally Published: December 27, 2006
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ALABAMA'S NATIONAL RANK
No. 23 pro | No. 10 college | No. 9 high school
Bear Bryant

NFL
No. 23 Alabama


No one brought more glamour to the game than "Broadway" Joe Namath. The quarterback made a splash when he signed with the AFL Jets for $400,000 out of Alabama in 1965. Dolphins center Dwight Stephenson, Patriots offensive lineman John Hannah and Packers end Don Hutson played for the Tide. Rams running back Stephen Davis and Bucs back Cadillac Williams are among the Tigers in the NFL.
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COLLEGE

No. 10 Alabama


Like the elephant attributed to the size of the undefeated 1930 team, the Crimson Tide have rolled over both SEC and national foes. Bear Bryant's six national championships, however, have made Alabama a tough place for his successors. Iron Bowl foe and rival Auburn has a pair of Heisman winners: quarterback Pat Sullivan and running back/outfielder Bo Jackson. Still catching up are UAB and Troy, recent Division I converts.
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Andrea Lynn
Auburn fan Andrea Lynn: When my family moved from Arizona in the middle of the school year, I arrived in Alabama as a shy 7-year-old. The first question asked in my second-grade class wasn't "What is your name?" or "Where are you from?" It was, "Are you an Alabama or Auburn fan?" Read more from Andrea

HIGH SCHOOL
No. 9 Alabama


The emphasis locals place on high school football on MTV's "Two-A-Days" is typical in Alabama. Hoover High and the surrounding schools are football crazy, and the state is also the birthplace of hall of famers such as tight end Ozzie Newsome, receiver John Stallworth and quarterback Bart Starr, who was MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Spring 2006 DI signees: 74. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 370.
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POLL QUESTION

1) Which football program is traditionally stronger?

Alabama
Auburn