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SummerOfGeorge
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Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
I think it would be fantastic.





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SummerOfGeorge
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?




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pvilleguru
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
I'm not big on a statue, but definitely in favor of a jersey/number retirement, ring of honor, hall of fame type thing.


SummerOfGeorge
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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I'm not big on a statue, but definitely in favor of a jersey/number retirement, ring of honor, hall of fame type thing.


Agree - like you mentioned before, having Hudson be the only jersey in the rafters is pretty special.
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pvilleguru
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
I'm also in favor of expanding it and adding more players. I'd like to see more jerseys or names prominently displayed. I'd also recommend adding a plaque for each player in prominent location at their respective stadium/arena that gives more context to why they are being honored.


SummerOfGeorge
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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I'm also in favor of expanding it and adding more players. I'd like to see more jerseys or names prominently displayed. I'd also recommend adding a plaque for each player in prominent location at their respective stadium/arena that gives more context to why they are being honored.



Agree - I know we've always reveled in our "team bigger than the player" program history, but I do think it shortchanges our history somewhat in terms of what fans know about those older teams.

Growing up the son of 2 Bryant-era UA grads I knew all about the championships, the wins, etc.......but quite frankly I knew very little about the actual players on those teams outside of the few that were ultra famous. I don't want to start retiring numbers or anything, but having more places honoring them would be great. I love your idea of having it spread throughout the stadium.


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pvilleguru
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
Football gets the area around Denny Chimes. I just want the other sports to get the same level of respect. Doesn't have to be the same thing as putting their prints in cement, but do something to honor truly great or significant athletes.

For the record, I'm also 100% behind any of the individual colleges doing the same for regular students that leave and do something noteworthy.
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SummerOfGeorge
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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I just want the other sports to get the same level of respect. Doesn't have to be the same thing as putting their prints in cement, but do something to honor truly great or significant athletes.


Agree


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MoarKilometers
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
Only if they get someone other than who did the Saban statue. We'd never live it down if something that was produced for these guys.


SummerOfGeorge
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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Only if they get someone other than who did the Saban statue. We'd never live it down if something that was produced for these guys.



I think pville nailed it on the Rant thread "Maybe we can convince them to tear down the Saban statue so we can re-do it"


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Gary Busey
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
I'm all for it. We can add it right in front of a brand new basketball arena.


MoarKilometers
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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I think pville nailed it on the Rant thread "Maybe we can convince them to tear down the Saban statue so we can re-do it"

He absolutely was the inspiration for my words there.


SummerOfGeorge
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I'm all for it. We can add it right in front of a brand new basketball arena.


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SummerOfGeorge
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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He absolutely was the inspiration for my words there.


It's not quite in "WOAT College Statue" territory, but it isn't very good



Glorious
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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The front steps of Coleman would be a good spot


For BDS maybe put Wilbur Jackson adjacent to the first Walk of Champions plaque that featured black players


JustGetItRight
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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I'm not big on a statue, but definitely in favor of a jersey/number retirement, ring of honor, hall of fame type thing.


Agree completely



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cdur86
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
I'm all for it if it was several years ago. If we did it now it would just look like we were pandering. Not saying I would be against it, just that I wish we did it a long time ago before all this controversial crap going on now in this country.


pvilleguru
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
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If we did it now it would just look like we were pandering.
Who cares? It's still a good thing to do.


phil4bama
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
No, it would not look like we are pandering. It would simply be acknowledging that not enough has been done to recognize those trailblazers for their contribution to the University. I think it would be a great gesture.

I always loved watching highlights of Wilbur Jackson running, but it always puzzled me about his #80 in the backfield. Does anybody know why he had a WR jersey # playing HB in the wishbone? I was just a very young little boy when he was at Bama so while he's during my lifetime, he's at the outer edges of my memory.


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Robot Santa
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re: Thoughts on the University adding a statue of Wendell Hudson and Wilbur Jackson?
If they're on board with it, sure. Just not statues. Player statues are too Auburnish. There are other appropriate ways to highlight individual accomplishments and contributions. I wouldn't want to do anything that would make them feel like part of a PR stunt though.


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