Former Alabama DBs Show Up Big Sunday
Alabama football has produced an enormous amount of talent that went on to play in the NFL, especially at defensive back. Coach Saban works primarily with defensive backs during drills at practice, largely playing a factor in the development and success of former Alabama defensive backs in the NFL.
On Sunday, four former Alabama defensive backs recorded interceptions. Marlon Humphrey, Eddie Jackson, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Trevon Diggs managed to turnover opposing offenses.
Marlon Humphrey intercepted Bills star quarterback Josh Allen on the first drive of the game, his second interception of the year. Humphrey returned the interception for 26 yards to set up the Ravens to score a touchdown on offense just two plays later. He also recorded a tackle and a pass deflected.
Eddie Jackson intercepted a Daniel Jones pass, making a remarkable over-the-shoulder catch. He recorded nine tackles and deflected a pass in the Bears' 20-12 loss to the Giants. With an interception today, Jackson now is tied for first in the NFL with three interceptions on the year.
Minkah Fitzpatrick also joined Eddie Jackson at the top of the NFL interception leaderboard with his third interception of the year. Fitzpatrick deflected two passes and led the Steelers in tackles. The interception was originally called a touchdown, but after review was moved back after he stepped out of bounds.
After recording a league-high 11 interceptions in 2021, Trevon Diggs has started the new season off strong. He recorded an interception for the second week in a row, displaying his playmaking abilities as a defender.
All four players played together at Alabama during the 2016 season. They won a SEC Championship and advanced to the National Championship. The 2016 Alabama defense only gave up 13 points per game on defense.