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   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Alabama High School Football Players

 Jimmy Phillips
 All-State Team
 Year   Class   Position   Team   Source 
1953 2A E 1st  BN
1953 2A E 1st  BPH
1953 A E 1st  MA

 Year   Award   Position   Class  Source 
 1953  All Southern E Sr.  Orlando Sentinel
 1953  All-Star Game E Sr.  
  High School: Benjamin Russell
  Position: End
  Height/Weight: 6'1" / 203
  Senior Season: 1953

 High School Bio:

            Phillips received the most votes for the 1953 all state team and was considered the best player in the state. He had the distinction of winning honors in three sports. In football, Red was selected for All-State, All-Southern and Honorable Mention for All-American. Equally as good in basketball, he topped off All-County and All-District honors. In track, he ranked second in discus and third in shot put. Had captained his team and played three years of varsity football. Coach Hamp Lyons of Benjamin Russell lists Reds grid statistics as:10 touchdowns in 8 ball games, completed 33 passes out of 38.

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Luverne 'Toad' Wise was the first female football player in Alabama and may have been the first in the country. She was a kicker for the Escambia County Blue Devils in 1939-40.