The University of Alabama’s media relations site put this feature together. It’s a good one.

“[Wallace Wade] probably was to Alabama in the 1920s what Coach (Paul) Bryant was to Alabama in the 60s,” said Taylor Watson, an employee at the Paul Bryant Museum. “In 1922, Coach Xen Scott had taken (Alabama) to play Penn, which was probably the first big game against a traditionally strong football team, but it was Wallace Wade who took (Alabama) to the Rose Bowl.”

While at Alabama, Wade took the Crimson Tide to three Rose Bowls, and won each. The 1925, 1926 and 1930 national championships were the first of 12 for the University of Alabama, leading to a new era in college football. Having played in the game at Brown University in 1916, he was the first man to ever play and coach in a Rose Bowl.

Wade’s innovations, both on and off the field, separate him from other coaches of his era, an era in which players often ran from team-to-team, playing for different schools, and when loyalty wasn’t a factor.

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