TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football stars Cam Robinson, Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster and Eddie Jackson will join other former players who have become immortals in the Crimson Tide football family.
Robinson, Allen, Foster and Jackson were named permanent team captains for their performances and leadership this season. Allen, Foster and Jackson are all seniors while Robinson is a junior who is considered one of the top prospects for the NFL draft. So this is likely his last season in Tuscaloosa as well.
“I think the guys that get voted for captain obviously have the ultimate respect of their teammates in terms of the example that they set, being somebody that somebody wants to emulate, obviously showed that they cared enough about players to help other players on the team try to do things the right way,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “If I could have picked captains, those are the four guys that I would have picked.”
Jackson suffered a season- and college career-ending leg injury during a punt return in Alabama’s win over Texas A&M. He remained a vocal leader for the team, particularly the Crimson Tide’s secondary, despite not being able to play.
“I think just that many players on the team have much respect for Eddie in terms of not only what he did when he was playing, but also the way he’s continued to be a part of the team when he’s not playing,” Saban said. “He’s helped other players, he’s helped them on the sideline during the game, I think he’s tried to help some of the younger guys learn things.
“But he did that when he was playing. I think our players really appreciate that and have a tremendous amount of respect for it. I’m really pleased with the captains that we have.”
Robinson has started every game at left tackle during his three-year career. He’s played through injuries and become one of the top leaders for the Crimson Tide’s offense.
“It’s an honor. It starts when you are a recruit,” Robinson said. “They take you to Denny Chimes and you see the cleats and the handprints in the ground and you know how big of a deal that is from the jump when you get on campus. It’s something everyone kind of dreams about and kind of wants and I’m happy and honored that my teammates thought enough of me to put me in that spot.”
Allen has been one of the most consistent players on Alabama’s team this season. He dominates the line of scrimmage and is one of the most respected players on the team. Allen also won the Bednarik and Nagurski awards as the nation’s top defensive player.
“It meant a lot,” Allen said. “It’s something that the team votes on so for the team to vote me as one of the permanent captains, it’s a tremendous honor. It’s something for everyone that plays here, that is often one of their goals coming in.”
Foster captained Alabama’s defense from the middle linebacker spot while leading the team in tackles with 94.