Chosen in the 2nd round of the 1980 NFL Draft, Auburn RB Joe Cribbs made a name for himself in pro football from his rookie year, rushing for 1,185 yards and 11 touchdowns.  But after three years with the Buffalo Bills, he found himself disenchanted with his contract and left in a contract dispute, signing with the Birmingham Stallions.

In his first year with the Stallions Cribbs made an immediate impact as well, rushing for 1,467 yards and 8 touchdowns as the team went 14-4-0 and made the playoffs.  The following year resulted in another 1,000 yard season rushing, gaining 1,047 yards and another 7 trips to the end zone.  Rejoining the Bills in 1985, Cribbs found he had left his best football back in Birmingham, rushing for only 399 yards.  Traded to the San Francisco 49'ers, over the next two years Cribbs managed only 890 yards in limited action.  His career wound up in 1988, splitting time between the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins.  Over 9 years in both leagues, Cribbs rushed for 7,870 yards and 42 touchdowns.

Cribbs returned to Alabama after his playing days, where today he runs Joe Cribbs Associates, a firm that helps NFL players with investments and their transition to life after football. 


Birmingham Stallions


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