ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2017
The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 for induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers tabulated the votes by the statewide selection committees.
The newly elected Inductees for the Class of 2017 are as follows:
The newly elected eight inductees will bring the total of all Inductees since 1969 to 344.
The 49th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 13, 2017. For more information please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.
CLASS OF 2017 BIOGRAPHIES
LEE DEFORE / BASKETBALL - Born June 3, 1943 in Atlanta, GA. He played collegiately at Auburn and was a three year letterman on the basketball team and was team captain his senior year. He left Auburn as the school's all-time scoring leader and currently ranks 12th on Auburn’s all-time scoring list with 1,386 points. He was Auburn’s first 1,000 point scorer. He was an All-American by the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1965-66. He currently ranks 5th on Auburn’s all-time scoring average with 19.0 points. He was eighth in free throws made and 6th in single-season free throw percentage (.853). He is fifth in single-season free throws made (133). He is seventh in single-season free throws attempted (516). He tied for 8th in single-season field goals made (241). He was 9th in single-season points (615). He led the SEC in scoring as a senior with a 23.7 average, set nine Auburn scoring records and scored over 30 points seven different times, and led the team in scoring in 21 of 26 games. He was drafted by the New York Nicks in the fourth round.
KEN DONAHUE / FOOTBALL - Born February 28, 1925 in Corryton, TN. He was an assistant football coach for 38 years. He had coaching stints at Memphis State, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama and Tennessee again. He was named Working Coach of the Year in the SEC twice (1975 at Alabama and 1985 at Tennessee). In 1985 the Football News named him Best Assistant Coach nationally. For 21 years served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Alabama. During that time period the Alabama defense led the SEC in least yardage allowed seven times, in rushing nine times and in pass defense three times. Alabama won 11 SEC titles and three national championships during his tenure.
JIM GOOSTREE / ADMINISTRATOR - Born in 1930 in Clarksville, Tennessee. He served as athletic trainer for 27 years at the University of Alabama. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer’s Association’s Hall of Fame in 1984. Served as head trainer for both the Blue-Gray and Senior Bowl all-star games for 15 years. In 1984 he was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director. He was in charge of the Tide Pride donor program, supervised the renovation and expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium, the building of the indoor practice facility and football buildings, the renovation of Coleman Coliseum and Paul Bryant Dormitory, and the construction of the baseball stadium. He died in October of 1999.
JEFF HERROD / FOOTBALL – Born July 29, 1966 in Birmingham, AL. Played collegiately at the University of Mississippi. He led the Rebels in tackles three of his four years as a starter. He currently holds the single game total for tackles (28) and the single season total for tackles (168). He is also the all-time leader in tackles at Ole Miss with 528. He is second All-Time Leading Tackler in SEC history. First Team All-SEC. 2nd Team Associated Press. 3rd Team All-American. He was defensive captain in the Senior Bowl (1988). He was the Defensive MVP of the Blue Gray Game. Played 11 years in the NFL (10 with Indianapolis Colts and one year with Philadelphia Eagles). He led the Colts in tackles for seven seasons. He finished as the Colts All-Time Leader in Tackles with 1,347. His 200 tackles in a season was the most until 2012. He was named Defensive Player of Year three times (1989, 1990, and 1992). The Colts named him their MVP in 1991. In 1998 he received the NFL prestigious Ed Block Courage Award from the Colts for overcoming adversity on and off the field. In 1993 he was selected as member of the Ole Miss Team of the Century. Inducted into Ole Miss Hall of Fame in 2001. Chosen for the SEC Football Legends Award in 2013.
TODD JONES / BASEBALL - Born April 24, 1968 in Marietta, GA. He played collegiately at Jacksonville State University. He helped lead Jacksonville State to back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1988 and 1989, striking out 171 in the two years. He played in the Major Leagues for 16 seasons with nine different teams. He had his best season in 2000 with the Detroit Tigers, being named to the American League All Star Team and winning the American League Relief Man of the Year Award, and led the American League in saves with 42, which was a Detroit Tigers’ single season record. In May 2006, he became the Tigers’ all-time leader in saves. He was the 21st member of the 300-save club, and ranking 14th in MBL all-time saves with 318. He was inducted into the Jacksonville State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
TAKEO SPIKES / FOOTBALL - Born December 17, 1976 in Augusta, GA. He played collegiately for Auburn University. He help lead the Tigers to the SEC Western Division Championship in 1997. He led the team in tackles with 136 that year. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals 13 overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro selection. He also played for four other NFL teams (Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and San Diego Chargers). There was only one time he finished a season with less than 70 tackles. He was the team captain 13 out of his 15 seasons of playing. He became only the seventh inside linebacker to ever start in more than 200 games.
KEVIN TURNER / FOOTBALL- Born June 12, 1969 in Prattville, AL. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama; and served as captain for 1991 team. He received the Spring Practice Award, the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence, in 1990. He was a third round draft choice in the 1992 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots. He played three seasons with Patriots and then was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played five seasons. He was presented the NFL Ed Block Courage Award in 1996 by the Eagles for overcoming adversity on and off the field. He passed away on March 24, 2016 due to ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
CARNELL WILLIAMS / FOOTBALL – Born April 21, 1982 in Gadsden, AL. He played collegiately at Auburn University. He was an All-American and All-SEC running back and All-SEC return specialist for the Tigers and helped to lead them to the 2004 SEC Championship and Sugar Bowl victory his senior year. He led Auburn in rushing three of his four years. His senior year he finished with 1,718 all-purpose yards, third best in Auburn history. He broke the all-time Auburn career records in two categories most rushing attempts (741) and most touchdowns (45). He was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year (2004). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2004 NFL Draft and was the 5th overall pick. He was the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of Year (2005). He played 5 seasons with the Bucs and then one season with the Rams before retiring.