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1968 Baltimore Colts

Usually when people talk about Alabama's connection to Super Bowl III, they mention Joe Namath, the game's MVP.  He led the New York Jet offense in the monumental upset of 13-1 Baltimore with precise playcalling and several blitz-beating completions.  He didn't throw a touchdown but he had zero interceptions and fumbles and he put aside his massive ego to manage the lead maturely.  But unrelated to Namath, there's one interesting tidbit about the game that I've never seen mentioned anywhere else.  Two of Alabama's future coaches--receiver Ray Perkins and center Bill Curry--played in the game for Baltimore.  It's also worth mentioning that Baltimore's coach was Don Shula, whose son Mike later coached the team.  I didn't realize this until I watched the NFL Network's America's Game feature on the 1970 Baltimore Colts (if you like NFL Films stuff you'll love these programs). In the 1970 AFC championship game Ray Perkins caught the decisive touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas.  I don't know, it's interesting to me, anyway.

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