In 1997, Kristi Patrick had an idea. An Alabama fan, she wanted a quick and easy online place to look and find how Crimson Tide players were doing in the NFL each week.
No one was doing it, or at least to the level that she wanted.
So Patrick created it herself.
Those of you who have been following LadyinRed’s Bama Page https://ladyinred.net/nflseason.html know exactly what I'm referring to, and everyone else should go check it out to see the years of statistics she's complied about the Crimson Tide.
Then you'll see just why we were so excited when she joined up with BamaCentral.
The database she's been instrumental in creating, including the most complete and accurate list of All-Time Alabama Crimson Tide Players in the NFL, was just the beginning.
We're now going to have the equivalent for each week of the NFL season.
It's Week 1 and a host of people with Crimson Tide connections are making their debuts with new teams, including New York Giants head coach Joe Judge.
Among the rookies there's Jedrick Wills Jr. (Browns), Henry Ruggs III (Raiders), Jerry Jeudy (Broncos), Trevon Diggs (Cowboys), Raekwon Davis (Dolphins), Anfernee Jennings (Patriots) and maybe, just maybe Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins), assuming they're all active. Don't forget about Jalen Hurts (Eagles), either.
Jonah Williams is also poised to play his first game with the Bengals after missing all last season with an injury.
There's also D.J. Fluker (Ravens), Mark Barron (Broncos), Tony Brown (Bengals), Ronnie Harrison (Browns) and Dre Kirkpatrick (Cardinals).
Check back for continual updates though Monday's games.
Matchup of the Week
Monday night football with have a couple of interesting games for Alabama fans including the Steelers (Minkah Fitzpatrick and Isaiah Buggs) at Giants (Dalvin Tomlinson), but the Titans at Broncos might be the marque game for the entire league. It features Derrick Henry and Rashaan Evans against Barron, Jeudy and Kareem Jackson.
NFL Schedule: Week 1
Thursday (All times CT)
Houston at Kansas City, 7:20 p.m. (NBC)
Miami at New England, noon
Philadelphia at Washington, noon
Seattle at Atlanta, noon
Cleveland at Baltimore, noon
New York Jets at Buffalo, noon
Las Vegas at Carolina, noon
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, noon
Chicago at Detroit, noon
Green Bay at Minnesota, noon
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati, 4:05 PM
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 PM
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 PM
Dallas at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Pittsburgh at New York Giants, 6:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennessee at Denver, 9:20 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 1 Notes
• WR Julio Jones ranked second in NFL with 1,394 rec. yards last season and became the third wide receiver (Antonio Brown and Torry Holt) with 1,250-plus receiving yards in six consecutive seasons in NFL history. Became fastest player (125 games) to reach 12,000 receiving yards in league annals. Has 55 career games with 100-plus receiving yards, fourth most in NFL history.
• RB Mark Ingram II rushed for 1,018 yards and had 15 TDs (10 rush, five receiving) last season, his second career season with 1,000-plus rushing yards and 10-plus rushing TDs. Has 90-plus scrimmage yards and touchdown in two of three career games vs. Cleveland.
• RB Josh Jacobs led all rookies with 1,150 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns last season. Has rushed for 367 yards (122.3 per game) and four touchdowns in his past three games vs. NFC opponents.
Predicted Order of Finish
Here goes nothing: Predicting every team’s record for the 2020 NFL season. Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr looks at each team's 2020 schedule and project win totals for all 32 teams.