Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas honored

Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas Named to 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team

(UA) TUSCALOOSA—Former Alabama football greats Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas were among 75 players named to the Sun Bowl Association’s 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team Association President Joe E. Valenzuela announced on Tuesday.

The Crimson Tide has appeared in three Sun Bowl games with wins over No. 6 SMU in 1983, Washington in 1986 and Army in 1988. Alabama has appeared in an NCAA-best 55 bowl games with an NCAA-leading 31 wins.

Bennett played in the 1983 Sun Bowl against SMU and the 1986 Sun Bowl against Washington. Bennett notched seven tackles in an upset win over the Mustangs in 1983 and was named the Sun Bowl MVP in 1986 against the Huskies with 11 tackles and a sack. He was named a 2007 Legend of the Sun Bowl.

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Thomas was on the 1986 Sun Bowl squad and then helped the 1988 team record a comeback win over Army. He made eight tackles and broke up a pass against the Huskies in 1986. Thomas was the named the 1988 Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Most Valuable Lineman with sixth tackles, two for loss, a pass breakup and two blocked field goals.

The Brut Sun Bowl is the nation’s second oldest bowl game and has 75 different programs compete in the game, which is more than any other bowl game.

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  1. 1
    rhYno

    Congratulations is in order for Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas I had the rare privilege of meeting Mr. Bennett in 2005 and he’s a genuinely nice guy and is very deserving of any award he receives.

  2. 2
    Bama Fan In N Y C

    Both of those gentlemen are the precise embodiment of class and character, the same class and character The API fans claim Tubby is recruiting. The only differential between those two fine gentlemen and Tubby’s recruits is they represented class, character, AND TALENT!

  3. 3
    Shanehaters A-K-A APIman

    Well there goes AUburn out of your mouth
    I caddied for Mr Bennett on 2 occasions for charity and have met Mr Thomas sveral times and not only are they VERY deserving of the award but they are 2 of the BEST players i have ever seen and real classy guys …Congrats to them

  4. 4
    Ijusttooka Shane

    Putting a sex offender on the class list? How come Bama fans bash AU for having Clifton Robinson on the team after he had sex with a 15 year old, but are proud of Cornellius Bennett. Robinson was accused of rape and plead to a lesser charge. Same thing with Bennett.

    AU doesn’t list Robinson as a great former Tiger.

    Can’t say the same for Bama.

  5. 5
    SHANEHATERS-aka APIman

    At the top of every blog at capstone
    you will find a bamma who says …
    yea but AUburn! Good or Bad you all at one time or another do it. bama fan in nyc thinks he got cultured in the big city. HA!

  6. 7
    TiderInsider

    Wow, Ijusttooka Shane, thank you for providing me with that very insightful read. I had no idea Cornelius Bennett was a criminal sex offender!

    I bet you also run amok claiming Terry Saban is a man.

    You live, you learn.

  7. 8
    tmc1

    I am glad that IjusttookaShane is so well informed. Who knew?
    I thought Cornelius was a stand up guy. But Thankfully we have Guys like Ijusttook to give us the 411 that no one ( I mean NO ONE) else knew. Thanks for the info there Ijust took, I will file it im my ever-growing warehouse of Aubbo half-truths, embellishments, and truth re-einventions that seem to pour steadily out of the east side of the state.
    Keep the misinformation coming!!!

  8. 9
    Hamrick

    I think he’s creating alternate universes in that air filled head of his.

    what else can you provide us with?

  9. 10
    Ballplay Indian

    I dont know about their personal lives, but on the field, easily the two best linebackers to EVER come from this state. And quite possibly the two best ever in the NFL.

  10. 14
    tmc1

    Wow Bozo! You actually found 2 whole articles about athletes gone wrong and ther WASNT any Auburn players mentioned.
    Great Job. I bet you are one of those guys who thinks the whole “independent study” fiasco is a right wing conspiracy to besmirch the GREAT Tommy Tuberville.
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    Shanehaters A-K-A APIman Says:
    July 9th, 2008 at 9:15 am
    007 Do you feel threatened again? this whole damn site is a JOKE dude!

    Which begs the question…..Why do you grace us with your presence DUDE?

  11. 15
    Christopherson

    Bozo(appropriate name), do you have any links related to Fast Eddie Johnson or Clifton Robertson?

  12. 17
    SHANEHATERS-aka APIman

    Guys look there are some very GOOD blogs
    here so I reckon I painted with a big brush when I said JOKE,only meant dumbasses who behind made up names verbally attack a school and its supporters with BS all Schools have em
    and we meet here 🙂

    WAR POLYTECH BABY!

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