On this day in Alabama history: Alabama legend Pat Trammell died

On this day in Alabama history: Alabama legend Pat Trammell died
University of Alabama quarterback Pat Trammell, left, and coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Trammell planned on attending Georgia Tech after high school until Bryant visited him at his home in Scottsboro, Jackson County, and convinced him to play for the Crimson Tide. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Paul W. Bryant Museum, University of Alabama)

December 10, 1968

Quarterback Pat Trammell led the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1961. Playing for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Trammell earned a 26-3-4 record in three years as the starter. He’s remembered as one of Bryant’s favorite players and one of the few who would ever change a play called from the sidelines. Sadly, Trammell died far too young, succumbing to cancer two years after earning his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Alabama (now the University of Alabama School of Medicine). Trammell was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.

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