Countdown to kickoff: 82

June, 11, 2012
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From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 82 and what it means to UA football.

There may never be another like Alabama's fleet-footed No. 82 of the late 1970s, Ozzie Newsome. The Muscle Shoals native had 102 career receptions and set an SEC record with 20.3 yards per catch. He earned All-America status in 1977 and won an astounding 42 games in four seasons with the Tide.

Newsome entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

The 23rd pick in the draft went on to set Cleveland Browns franchise records at tight end. He was a three-time Pro Bowler, seven-time All Pro selection and a member of the NFL All Decade team for the 1980s.

His jersey is forever enshrined in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Newsome's NFL career didn't end when it was time to hang up the cleats. He continues to work in the Baltimore Ravens front office as general manager and executive vice president.

Alex Scarborough | email

Alabama/SEC reporter

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