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AL.com All-Access: Who is the biggest snub on the 2017 preseason All-SEC team?

Pick an Alabama LB -- Shaun Dion Hamilton did make the first team, but it's unclear if he'll be 100 percent recovered from the knee injury he suffered in the SEC championship game. It's possible, if not likely, that one of Hamilton's teammates -- Rashaan Evans or Mack Wilson -- has a better year in 2017 than Hamilton does.

This is just more media confirmation of just how scary-talented Alabama’s depth at linebacker is. Despite losing Reuben Foster, Tim Williams, and Ryan Anderson all in the first two days of the NFL draft, the guy who was a part-time starter and suffered a devastating knee injury is still a first team All-SEC, while the media assumes the rest his teammates are probably snubs for not making it on the list.

The actual All-SEC offense can be seen here, and the defense is here.

The highlights:

Calvin Ridley, Jalen Hurts, Jonah Williams, and Ross Pierschbacher all made first team All-SEC offense, but no Tide players made the second team. At running back, Darrius Guice, Nick Chubb, Kam Pettway, and Ralph Webb all made the team over any of Alabama’s three backs.

On defense, the aforementioned Shaun Hamilton is first team All-SEC, and is joined by Da’Ron Payne, Minkah Fitzpatrick (at cornerback) and Ronnie Harrison, while perennial back-up D’Shawn Hand made the second-team on the defensive line.

Carlton Davis, Duke Dawson, and Jamarcus King all made the team over Anthony Averett.

J.K. Scott rounds out the group by staying on his throne of the best punter in the SEC.

Final Tally: 9 first team All-SEC players (if you like math, that means that 37.5% of the entire All-SEC first team comes from one team in a 14-team league) and 1 second-team player.

Roll Tide

NFL news

Landon Collins earns place in NFL Top 100- AL.com

In his second season in the NFL, New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins earned All-Pro recognition for the first time. That's been followed by a place on the NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2017" for the former Alabama All-American.

NFL players vote for the Top 100 Players, and Collins is No. 28 on the list heading toward this third pro season.

In 2016, Collins had 125 tackles, 100 solo tackles, four sacks, five interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown) and 13 passes defended for the Giants - a combination of numbers that had never been seen in the NFL.

Only two years ago, all of us were scratching our heads as Landon Collins fell into the second round of the NFL draft. The media pundits were proclaiming that he was a product of the system and was too big to be an effective pass-coverage man.

Well, in only his second year as a pro, Landon picked up All-Pro honors and vaulted to the 28th best player in the entire league according to NFL.com’s top 100 list.

Take that evildoers.

Eddie Lacy earns second bonus by hitting weight goal with Seattle Seahawks-AL.com

Running back Eddie Lacy stepped on the scales for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday and weighed fewer than 250 pounds, reported ESPN senior NFL writer Jeremy Fowler.

When the Seahawks signed the former Alabama standout as a free agent in March, his one-year, $5.55 million contract included seven weigh-ins worth $55,000 apiece among its incentives.

Monday's weigh-in was the second for Lacy. His weight goal in May was 255 pounds, and he earned the first $55,000 bonus by weighing 253 pounds on May 15.

Meanwhile, Eddie Lacy continues to rack up pocket money for keeping his weight down. After his rumored 272 pounds during free agency, he’s now managed to get under 250. He’s expected to still be under 250 in August, and to play under 245 for the rest of the season after that, getting a bonus every month for keeping that weight.

If the lost weight helps his running ability (and he manages to avoid any injuries), there’s a good chance we see him return to near the top of NFL in rushing statistics in Seattle’s run-first offense that is still searching for a Marshawn Lynch replacement.

Random Trivia!

Alabama football and Lebron James appear to be linked

One of sport's most iconic players — Lebron James — and one of its most iconic teams — Alabama football — appear to have a fateful connection. Per Reddit College Football, Lebron James has only won NBA titles in years when Alabama football has hoisted the national championship trophy. Conversely, Lebron James has fallen short in years where Bama has done the same.

You may have already seen this one making rounds through the internet, but if you haven’t, use it as a discussion topic next time you’re caught in awkward small talk. Since the 2011 season, every time Alabama has won a championship, so has Lebron. And every time Alabama fell short, Lebron did too.

Greatness attracts greatness, I guess.

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