Learning the ABC's of Alabama Crimson Tide Football: "S"

Christopher WoodleyContributor IIIJanuary 17, 2012

Running back Siran Stacy came after Bobby Humphrey and before Shaun Alexander. While Stacy's accomplishments may not be as well remembered as the record-setting performances of Humphrey and Alexander, he established himself as one of the Southeastern Conference's top running backs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

A native of Geneva, Ala., Stacy played his first two collegiate seasons at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. from 1987 to 1988. After two years at the junior college level, Stacy transferred to Alabama for the 1989 season. 

In his first game with the Crimson Tide, Stacy rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-7 season-opening win over Memphis State. However, Stacy only rushed for a combined 151 yards and three touchdowns over the next four games.

He returned to his season-opening form with 125 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 47-30 win over Tennessee. In that game, Stacy also caught a 75-yard pass from Gary Hollingsworth. The win over the Volunteers was the first of Stacy's five consecutive 100-yard rushing games. On Nov. 11 at LSU, Stacy reeled off a 72-yard touchdown run while finishing with a career-high 211 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-16 win that clinched the SEC title.

Following the LSU win, Stacy rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns against Southern Mississippi as Alabama improved to 10-0. But Auburn held him to 54 yards the following week in a 30-20 loss in the first Iron Bowl game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Earning a trip to the Sugar Bowl, Stacy ended the season with only 21 rushing yards as the Hurricanes won the national championship with a 33-25 win.

Stacy finished the 1989 season with a team-leading 1,079 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. His 1,551 all-purpose yards still ranks as the 10th highest single-season total. Following his first season in Tuscaloosa, Stacy earned second team All-American and first team All-SEC honors. He also led the SEC in 1989 with 108 points.

There were high expectations for Stacy entering his senior season in 1990. Unfortunately for Alabama, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the season-opener against Southern Mississippi. After Stacy was granted an injury redshirt, he looked ahead toward 1991.

Stacy, who was named one of the team captains prior to the season, did not rush for 1,000 yards, but he came close with 967 yards and 10 touchdowns. His accomplishments during the 11-1 season earned Stacy his second All-SEC accolade.

In the season opener against Temple, Stacy rushed for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Prince Wimbley. Later in the season, he rushed for 180 yards against Vanderbilt, scored two fourth quarter touchdowns in a 24-19 come-from-behind win over Tennessee, and rushed for 102 yards in a win at LSU.

In his final game wearing the Crimson and White, Stacy rushed for 111 yards and totaled 59 yards receiving and a touchdown in Alabama's 30-25 win over Colorado in the 1991 Blockbuster Bowl.

For his two-year Alabama career, Stacy finished with 2,105 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. He also finished with 549 receiving yards and one touchdown. His 2,105 rushing yards currently rank 13th all-time in school history.

Stacy was selected in the second round by Philadelphia in the 1992 NFL Draft. He was released at the end of the season after only appearing in one game. Subsequent off-the-field trouble contributed to Stacy's inability to return to the NFL.

Stacy resumed his professional career with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe from 1995 to 1997 and in 2000. He rushed for 2,350 yards for the Claymores to set a team record and was named league MVP in 1997. Stacy also played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League for one season in 2000.

After retiring from professional football, Stacy worked in the corporate world before his life changed forever on Nov. 20, 2007. Stacy and his family were driving home when their van was struck by a drunk driver. The accident killed Stacy's wife, Ellen, his son and three of his four daughters. Afterwards, he started Siran Stacy Ministries and the non-profit Ellie Mae Shelly Foundation.