ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2007 ?? The Southeastern Conference has produced some of the best protective offensive lineman in the history of college football, and now fans have voiced their opinions on the best of all time. It’s all a part of AT&T Inc.’s (NYSE:T) “Best of 75 Years of SEC Football,” an 11-week program that allows fans to vote for their favorite players, coaches and traditions from the past 75 years.
The top three vote-getters were John Hannah from the University of Alabama, Shawn Andrews from the University of Arkansas and Edgar Chandler from University of Georgia. The three finalists beat out nominees from the other nine SEC schools to move into the finals, which will be voted on during the last two weeks of the program in November. Every text message vote cast is an entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.
“As the official telecommunications sponsor of the SEC and a presenting sponsor of SECSports.com, AT&T wanted to help the conference celebrate their 75th anniversary,” said Steve Sitton, regional president of the Southeast for AT&T’s wireless operations. “Fans can now make their voices heard on a topic we know they are passionate about, but they’ve got to get out there and vote if they want their favorites to win!”
Voting on the next category is already open, and this week fans will be voting on the workhorses of the defense ?? the defensive line. Choosing the best of all time will be no easy task ?? just check out the list of nominees below:
Eric Curry, University of Alabama
Dan Hampton, University of Arkansas
Tracy Rocker, Auburn University
Jack Youngblood, University of Florida
Bill Stanfill, University of Georgia
Bob Gain, University of Kentucky
Chad Lavalais, Louisiana State University
Freddie Joe Nunn, University of Mississippi
Jimmy Webb, Mississippi State University
Andrew Provence, University of South Carolina
Reggie White, University of Tennessee
Pat Toomay, Vanderbilt University
Fans can enter to vote on the “Best of 75 Years of SEC Football” after accessing SEC Mobile on their AT&T handsets by texting SEC to 234567. They will then receive a menu of options to choose from, which includes alerts, trivia, SEC video, news, downloads and sweepstakes. Voting began Sept. 4 and runs through Nov. 16 with results announced weekly.
AT&T customers can also prove their SEC football IQ by playing trivia on their handset, or they can get breaking news on their favorite teams by signing up for alerts, which include game previews. Fans will also be able to show their school pride all season by downloading school graphics, fight song ringtones, wallpaper, games and cool tools, and subscribers with 3G service can access college football video.
This is AT&T’s second year as the official telecommunications sponsor of the SEC and a presenting sponsor of SECSports.com.