Like Father, Like Son...And More
Readers of 'BAMA Magazine had the opportunity to select one placekicker when they chose the Alabama football Team of the Decade for the first ten years of the New Millennium (2000-2009). The voters selected Leigh Tiffin of Muscle Shoals, who played for the Crimson Tide 2006-09.
There is a perception that those who play later in the decade have the familiarity advantage, but no one could question the credentials of Tiffin.
Leigh Tiffin joined his father as a member of a team of the decade, in part by breaking many of Van Tiffin's records. Van Tiffin was the placekicker on the 'BAMA Magazine Team of the Decade for the 1980s.
Leigh was first team All-America as a senior and was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's best placekicker.
He led the nation with 30 field goals in 2009 (one short of the NCAA single season record) and had 83 in his career (four shy of the national record). He led the nation in career field goals and in career points (385) through his final season.
He was the national kicker of the week three times as a senior, including vs. Tennessee when he made four field goals in a 12-10 Bama win and against Ole Miss when he made five field goals.
His132 kick scoring points as a senior is a Tide record. For his career he was 83-110 on field goal attempts and 136-142 on extra point kicks.
Editor's Note: This is the final installment in a series on members of the Alabama Team of the Decade.
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