Orange Bowl Committee to honor Alabama great Shaun Alexander

Dec 6, 2018

The Orange Bowl Committee today announced that it will add former Alabama running back Shaun Alexander to the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. The presentation will be made December 28th, when the Alabama Crimson Tide faces Oklahoma in one of the two semi-final games leading to the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game in Santa Clara, California. Alexander was a standout for the Tide during the 2000 Orange Bowl against Michigan. Orange Bowl Committee member Larry Gautier was in charge of hosting Alabama and remembers the game…

“And the went into overtime, and I was standing underneath the uprights. And, basically Alabama missed that extra point, unfortunately lost that game 34-33," recalled Gautier. But, I happy to say that your Shaun Alexander, who was the starting running back that year. The Orange Bowl will be inducting into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame.”

The Michigan Wolverines were led by quarterback Tom Brady, who went onto to play for the New England Patriots. Alexander’s professional career was with the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins. The current Alabama Crimson Tide sealed its perfect season by defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35 to 28. That pushed Georgia out of the final four playoff spots, and allowed the Oklahoma Sooner to take the fourth slot and the upcoming Orange Bowl game against Alabama.