This is Joe Cribbs:
Joe Cribbs was a powerful-yet-agile running back who, alongside other Auburn greats James Brooks and William Andrews, made the Tiger wishbone in the late 70s a force to be reckoned with and returned a moribund Auburn football program to national prominence. In 1978 Cribbs led the Tigers with 1,205 yards and set a school record for consecutive 100-yard games with seven--a record that still stands.
All three of the above running backs went on to distinguished pro careers, with Cribbs making arguably the biggest impact. After being drafted by the Bufalo Bills in 1980, Cribbs took the NFL by storm that fall (much as a similar Auburn running back also associated with cars has just done with Tamp Bay.) Cribbs rushed for 1,185 yards his rookie year and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team, an honor he would receive twice more in his Bills career.
In 1984 the Sulligent, Ala. native returned to his home state to play for the Birmingham Stallions of the upstart United States Football League. Cribbs was one of the USFL's brightest stars and most effective runners, but after the league's collapse Cribbs found less success in his return to the NFL and after stints with the Bills, 49ers, Colts, and Dolphins retired after the 1988 season.
I wish I could say I remember seeing Cribbs run. But I was born in 1978 and he was long gone from Auburn by the time I was old enough to recall my trips to Jordan-Hare. And by the time I was paying attention to any NFL teams beside the Falcons, he'd left that league, too.
But it's impossible to grow up in the '80s, surrounded by and raised by Auburn fans, and not have a very clear sense of who Joe Cribbs is and what he accomplished on the Plains. Before there was a Cadillac, before there was a Rudi Johnson or a Stephen Davis, even before there was a Bo, there was Joe Cribbs.
So I'm not Joe Cribbs. But I am a guy who sure as hell likes having his name across the top of my blog.