Today is …
National Talk in an Elevator Day. Not to yourself, but other people ... we think.
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener
Did you notice?
• Quinnen Williams, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, agreed to terms with the New York Jets on a four-year deal worth $32.6 million, ending his one-day holdout. He was the last first-round selection to come to terms.
• To fill the void left by injured Jonah Williams, the first-round draft pick out of Alabama, the Bengals re-signed Andre Smith, a former first-round draft pick from Alabama. It’ll be his fourth stint with the team.
• Former Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper was No. 64 on the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2019, as voted by the players. The NFL Network is in the process of releasing 10 names every night. Already named were No. 71 C.J. Mosley, No. 80 Mark Ingram II and No. 99 Derrick Henry.
• In case you’re wondering how Day 1 of the Freddie Kitchens era went with the Cleveland Browns:
• Julio Jones has drawn a lot of attention for telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he might try and go for 3,000 receiving yards this season: “I’m going crazy this year. I’m going crazy. I’ve been doing everything that I need to do. I’m taking care of my body. Physically and mentally, I’ll be ready to go.” The NFL record of 1,954 yards was set by Detroit’s Calvin Johnson in 2012.
• After only three defensive backs were selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com believes there could be that many in the top 10 next year including possibly Alabama’s Trevon Diggs.
• Former Crimson Tide defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson was a surprising no-show for the first day of practice with the Detroit Lions.
• Alabama’s Kord Fergusson had a big-time showing at the national outdoor championships in track and field.
- Happy birthday to former Alabama football Jalston Fowler. “Nudie” was born on this date in 1990 in Mobile.
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
July 26, 1988: Running back Bobby Humphrey and linebacker Derrick Thomas represented Alabama at the annual Southeastern Conference Football Kickoff in Birmingham. One story that got attention was Thomas telling about his uncle taking him to the Mike Tyson-Michael Dokes heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. "It was a lot of fun for 90 seconds," Thomas said. That's how long it took for Tyson to knock out his opponent. – Bryant Museum.
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
“Looks like Alabama to me.” — Steve Spurrier when asked at 2019 SEC Media Days about the state of college football