ATLANTA, Ga.?? The Southeastern Conference has produced some of the stoutest defensive 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 Eric Curry from the University of Alabama, Jack Youngblood from the University of Florida and Bill Stanfill 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 some of the most disruptive players on the defense ?? the linebackers. Choosing the best of all time will be no easy task ?? just check out the list of nominees below:
Cornelius Bennett, University of Alabama
Billy Ray Smith, University of Arkansas
Gregg Carr, Auburn University
Wilber Marshall, University of Florida
David Pollack, University of Georgia
Jim Kovach, University of Kentucky
Bradie James, Louisiana State University
Patrick Willis, University of Mississippi
Johnie Cooks, Mississippi State University
James Seawright, University of South Carolina
Frank Emanuel, University of Tennessee
Jamie Duncan, 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.