|Harry Gilmer was Alabama's first superstar player.|
Mr. Gilmer passed away on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the age of 90.
Gilmer was famous for his astonishingly accurate jump pass but he was a superb runner as well. For opposing teams, kicking or punting to his side of the field was always a gamble, and one with absolutely terrible odds. If that wasn't enough, he also was a constant threat to intercept you on defense and had a reputation as a hard hitter.
- He is the only Alabama player to be a finalist for the Heisman trophy twice.
- He is the only Alabama player ever taken with the first selection in the NFL Draft.*
- He was an all-American in 1945, SEC Player of the Year in 1945 and the MVP of the 1946 Rose Bowl.
- He was the first player to leave his cleat and hand impressions in the concrete at the Walk of Fame at Denny Chimes.
- He is a member of The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.