50 Classes of ASHOF Class of 1986

Class of 1986

Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00 pm


On April 28, 2018, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 50th Class.  In celebration of this milestone, we will be sending an email out each week, over the next 50 weeks, beginning with the Inaugural Class of 1969, and culminating with the

Class of 2018.

This is the 15th of 50 Classes of the ASHOF

Class of 1986


Terry Paul Beasley

Terry Paul Beasley was born February 5, 1950 in Montgomery, AL. He played collegiately at Auburn University. He became Pat Sullivan's (ASHOF Inductee Class of 1981) "go to" receiver at Auburn University. He was consensus All-American in 1970 and 1971. In his college career, he amassed 141 receptions, 2,507 yards and 29 touchdowns. He led the Southeastern Conference in receptions, receiving yards and scoring in 1970 with 52 receptions, 1,051 receiving yards and 72 points. In 1971, he was named the College Pass Receiver of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He was the first receiver picked in the 1972 NFL Draft first round 19th overall pick of the San Francisco 49'ers.






   Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden was born November 5, 1929, in Birmingham, AL. He attended Howard College (now Samford University) where he became a Little All-American. After coaching stops as an assistant at Howard, Florida State and West Virginia, and head coaching jobs at South Georgia Junior College, Samford University, West Virginia, he went to Florida State as head coach in 1976. During his time at FSU, he led the Seminoles  to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999.  After joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1991, he led the Seminoles to 12 ACC Championships.  During his  27 years at FSU, his teams won 10 or more games in a season 17 times.  In 14 of those seasons the Seminoles finished in the Associated Press top five. When he retired his 18-7-1 bowl record ranked 1st all time.  He was awarded the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award  in 1980. He received the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award in 1991. In 1992 he received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement as a coach.







 William Earl Lee
 William Earl Lee was born August 19, 1911 in Eutaw, AL. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama where he was a two-way, three-year starting tackle. He was a consensus All-American in 1934.  He was a member of the  Alabama football team that won a National Champion also in 1934.  He played professional football for the Brooklyn Dodgers football organization and the Green Bay Packers.  He was named to the Pro Bowl Team in 1939.  He was a member Packers 1939 Championship Team.  He was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1930's. He passed away June 23, 1998.
Robert Ross Marlow
Robert Ross Marlow was born in Athens, AL.  He played collegiately at the University of Alabama.  He was a running back for the Crimson Tide and when he graduated he was the team career leading rusher.  That record stood for 19 years.  He was twice named All-SEC and was an All-American choice his senior season (1952). The Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club named him as their 1952 SEC Player of the Year.  He ranks among the Top 10 in just about every significant all-time rushing category at Alabama.  He was a member of the Crimson Tide team that won the 1953 Orange Bowl.  In the 1953 NFL Draft he was selected by the New York Giants.  He opted to play in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played eight seasons in the CFL.  In his career with the Roughriders, he rushed for 4,291 yards and scored 34 touchdowns.   He was named a member of the CFL's All Star All-Time Team.  He passed away in 1985.



Sam Dabney Perry

 Sam Dabney Perry was born in 1908 in Birmingham, AL. He played golf collegiately at the  University of Alabama. He won the Southern Amateur Golf Championship three times in three different decades (1929, 1932, 1941-42).  He won the Alabama State Amateur four times also in three different decades (1929, 1935, 1941, and 1942).  No other amateur golfer in America has won his sectional title three times in three different decades and his state title four times in three different decades.  There is only one other individual to win the Men's Alabama State Amateur four times in over the hundred year history of the tournament.  Active as a golf administrator, he served on the boards of the Southern Golf and the Alabama Golf Association. Several golf memorials have been created in his memory. A Captain in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, he was stationed in the South Pacific.  On a combat mission on March 10, 1944 he was declared missing in action.




Ken Michael Stabler
 Ken Michael Stabler was born December 25, 1945 in Foley, AL. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama.  In 1967 he was a First Team All-SEC quarterback for the Crimson Tide.  He was a member of the 1965 National Championship Team.  He was the starting quarterback for the 1966 team that went undefeated.  In the 1968 NFL/AFL Draft he was a second round, 52 overall pick of the Oakland Raiders.  He played ten seasons for the Raiders and left the Raiders as their all-time leader in completions (1,486), passing yards (19,078), and touchdown passes (150).  He lead the Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory in January of 1977.  In 1974 he was named NFL MVP and NFL Offensive Player of the Year  He was a four time Pro-Bowl selection.  He was named First Team All-Pro twice.  He was twice the NFL Passing Touchdown Leader.  He was named to the NFL 1970's All Decade Team.  In 1976 he won the Hickok Belt as the top Professional Athlete of the Year.  He also played for the Houston Oilers and the New Orleans Saints. He was posthumously inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.  He past away on July 8, 2015.