Class of 2006
Playing football in the 1910's and 20's was a little bit different than the game we know today. In those days, physicality was the name of the game, and the toughest players in the community would become legendary.
Being a physical football players is how Albert Sidney Johnston built a legendary reputation as a football player in Limestone County.
Johnston began his football career at the 8th District Agricultural High School and later played at Green University School. These were two of the grammar schools in Limestone County in that time era. While playing football in school, Johnston built a reputation for himself as a strong, physical guard.
He was selected as team captain by his teammates, and local media referred to him as 'Steer' Johnston. It was said that Johnston was so strong that he could run over three men at once whle blocking for his running back.
Johnston carried that strong, physical mentality with him to college at Alabama. He started at left guard in 1915 and 1916. He took a break from playing in 1917 and 1918 to join the U. S. Navy and go across seas to fight in World War I.
After returning from combat, he went back to school and continued playing the game that he enjoyed. He started at guard for the Crimson Tide in 1919 and was selected team captain in 1920.
After graduating from Alabama in 1920 he took a job at Cloverdale High School where he coached the football team until 1928.
After leaving Cloverdale, Johnston came back to Limestone County where he took the job as principal at Elkmont High School. He finished out his career in education at Piney Chapel.
The football legend died in 1950.
Johnston began his football career at the 8th District Agricultural High School and later played at Green University School.
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Started at left guard in 1915-16. Joined navy 1917-18. Returned to play in 1919 and served as captain in 1920.