Class of 2017

Published Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:00 am


BIRMINGHAM – Last night the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame held its 49th Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom.  The Class of 2017 brings the total number of Inductees enshrined to 345.  
The following individuals were inducted last evening:

Lee DeFore – Auburn’s first 1,000 point scorer in basketball. He was named an All-American by the Helms Athletic Foundation. He led the SEC in scoring as a senior with an average of 23.7 points per game.

Ken Donahue – An assistant football coach for 38 years. He serves as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Alabama for 21 years. During his tenure, Alabama won 12 SEC titles and five national championships.

Jim Goostree – Served as athletic trainer for 27 years at the University of Alabama. He supervised renovation and expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer’s Hall of Fame in 1984.

Jeff Herrod – The second All-Time Leading Tackler in SEC history. He finished his career at Ole Miss as the All-Time Leader in tackles with 528. He led the Indianapolis Colts in tackles for seven seasons in the NFL.

Todd Jones – Appearing in back-to-back College World Series for Jacksonville State University, he won the American League Relief Man of the Year award in 2000. He was the 21st member of the 300-Save Club and finished his career with a total of 319.

Takeo Spikes – Helped lead Auburn to SEC Western Division Championship in 1997. He was a two-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selectee during his time in the NFL. He became only the seventh inside linebacker at that time to start in more than 200 games in the NFL.

Kevin Turner – Captain of the 1991 Alabama football team. He received the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence in 1990. He played in the NFL for eight seasons and was awarded the NFL Ed Block Courage Award in 1996.

Carnell Williams – An All-American and All-SEC running back and return specialist for the Auburn Tigers.  He helped lead them to 2004 SEC Championship. He was the first player in NFL history to debut with three consecutive 100-yard performances.

Also honored were Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President of ESPN, who received the Distinguished American Sportsman Award; and Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough, renowned Facial Plastic Surgeon and patron of student-athletes, received the Distinguished Alabama Sportsman Award.

Ron Ingram, Director of Communications for the Alabama High School Athletic Association received the Mel Allen Award.  The Mel Allen Award was created to honor media members in the state who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work.  

Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV, Wenonah High School Head Women’s Basketball Coach received the Frank “Pig” House Award, given to someone that the Hall of Fame considers has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama.

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award was presented to Kasey Cooper, Auburn softball player.  The post-graduate scholarship program was established to recognize the outstanding collegiate student-athletes throughout the State.

In 2018 the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will celebrate its 50th Class.  The dates for the Induction weekend are April 27-28, 2018.  Please join us in celebrating our 50th Class and see why the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is considered as the best State Sports Hall of Fame in the country.