Arenas Outstanding On Defense, Returns

Earlier this year, 'BAMA Magazine continued a long tradition of having its readers select the Alabama Team of the Decade. The team was previously announced, but this summer we are revisiting and taking a deeper look at those selected. Linebacker Rolando McClain was the Player of the Decade.

Readers of 'BAMA Magazine had the opportunity to select four defensive backs when they chose the Alabama football Team of the Decade for the first ten years of the New Millennium (2000-2009). One of those selected was Javier Arenas, who played for the Crimson Tide 2006-09. He came to Bama from Tampa, Fla.

Javier Arenas was a lightly recruited player who became an All-America as a cornerback and a record-setting kick return man for the Crimson Tide.

As a senior on Alabama's 14-0 national championship team, Arenas was named Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Year.

He ranked third in tackles for Bama as a senior with 71 tackles and was second on the team and fifth in the SEC with 12 tackles for loss (for 85 yards).

He had five interceptions as a senior, including two in the national championship game.

For his career he had 154 tackles, seven sacks, 13 passes broken up, and six interceptions.

As a punt return man he was fourth nationally and first in the SEC and with 1,752 total career yards came within 10 yards of the national record. He set the SEC career record.

Editor's Note: This is one in a series on members of the Alabama Team of the Decade.

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