Nov. 23, 2011
Former halfback/defensive back Kermit Alexander served as honorary captain for the Bruins at their home finale on Nov. 19 against Colorado.
Alexander earned varsity letters at UCLA from 1960-62 and received All-America and first-team all-conference honors as a senior halfback when he led the Bruins in rushing (82-499), receiving (12-178) and kickoff returns (12-313). At the 1962 Rose Bowl, Alexander, then a junior, led the Bruins in rushing (10-48) and receiving (3-26) despite a 21-3 loss to Minnesota.
He was a two-time team MVP and All-Around Excellence award winner and was once described by USC coach John McKay as "the best all-around college football player in the nation."
Selected in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft by San Francisco, Alexander enjoyed a long professional career as a defensive back, punt and kick returner with the 49ers, Rams and Eagles. In 143 games played (114 starts), he made 43 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. Today, Alexander lives in Riverside with his wife Tami and their five children, whom the couple adopted from Haiti following the earthquake in 2010.
UCLABruins.com's Ralph Irvin caught up with Alexander on the field during the UCLA-Colorado game.