|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.
* Joe Namath was selected first overall in the American Football League draft in 1964 but was taken 12th in the NFL draft that same year. The two leagues merged in 1966.