George Teague Inducted Into Alabama Sports Hall of Fame This Week
In the yearly induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham on Saturday, Alabama Crimson Tide legend George Teague will be chosen as part of the 2021 class. Teague is just one of eight other inductees and one of three inductees associated with the University of Alabama.
While he wasn’t born in Alabama, Teague eventually made his way to Montgomery, where he played football for Jefferson Davis High School. In 1989, Teague enrolled at Alabama, where he played in 11 games as a freshman.
Teague’s sophomore year was also quiet, but in his junior year at the Capstone, he made huge strides. The Kansas native snagged six interceptions for 96 yards and assisted Alabama to an 11-1 record.
Everything changed in 1992 when Teague played in all 12 games. He grabbed six more interceptions throughout the season, which led to a perfect 12-0 regular-season record. When all hope seemed bleak for Alabama in the inaugural SEC Championship in Birmingham, Teague helped the Crimson Tide squeeze out a win to move the team forward to a Sugar Bowl date with the No. 1 ranked Miami Hurricanes.
Even though Teague finished his career with 14 total interceptions, the most important play of Teague’s career came after he failed to cover someone. When a Miami receiver caught a Gino Torretta pass and started sprinting down the sideline, Teague caught back up with him, stripped the ball, and started running the other way. This play ended up spurring the Crimson Tide to victory for their 12th national title. He finished his college career as a first-team all-SEC player and a second-team All-American in 1992.
After staying all four years, George Teague entered into the 1993 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round. Teague also spent time with Atlanta, Miami, and most notably, the Dallas Cowboys.
In addition to Teague, Lillie Leatherwood, UA’s first female Olympic gold medalist, and Crimson Tide golfer Steve Hudson represent the University of Alabama as inductees.
To round out the class, Willie Anderson (Auburn Football), Hal Baird (Auburn Baseball coach), Cliff Ellis (South Alabama and Auburn Basketball coach), Ben Wallace (NBA Basketball player from Alabama) and Demarcus Ware (Troy Football) will also be inducted.
To read about the initial announcement of Teague’s induction, check out this previous Tide 100.9 article.