T he Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Florida and earned another coveted spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In the cover story, Lars Anderson examines if the 2011 Alabama defense is the best ever. On the cover of the magazine is Alabama defensive lineman Josh Chapman.
This is the 12th time that Alabama has made the cover of Sports Illustrated since Nick Saban’s arrival in 2007.
The last time Alabama made the Sports Illustrated cover was with Trent Richardson on this year’s college football preview edition. At that time, Alabama released this summary of recent important SI covers:
“Some of the more memorable Alabama SI covers during the Saban era include Glen Coffee’s cover after the 2008 Clemson game, Mark Ingram’s “Pride of the Tide” cover on his Heisman candidacy, the cover story on Alabama’s win over Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship featuring Colin Peek and Ingram’s second appearance on the cover after the 2009 BCS National Championship victory over Texas in the Rose Bowl.”