50 CLASSES OF ASHOF Class of 1996

Published Wednesday, November 22, 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 providing you with information on all of our Inductees beginning with the Inaugural Class of 1969, and culminating with the Class of 2018.

Number 25 of 50

Class of 1996



Jodie Connell

Jodie Connell was born July 21, 1930 in Gadsden, Alabama. Connell was the All-State guard for Gadsden High School for Coach Nelson.  He followed Coach Nelson to Lakeland, Florida in 1948 and made All-State and All-Southern at Lakeland High School. He lost his left arm at the age of 10. Connell received a football scholarship to Jacksonville State University, where he was a four year starter from 1949-1952. He was captain of the team in 1952. Connell  made the Associated Press Little All-American in 1952. He is on the All Time Jacksonville State Football Team. Connell went on to play professional ball with the St. Louis Knights of the Central States Professional Football League, and was on the All-league team. He was the assistant football coach at Christian Brothers College while a member of the St. Louis Knights. He is deceased.

Leon Douglas

Leon Douglas was born August 26, 1954 in Leighton, Alabama. Douglas was the MVP of Alabama High School basketball in 1972 and a High School All-American in 1972. He signed with the University of Alabama and played on 3 conference basketball championship teams, 1974, 1975, and 1976. The Alabama Sports Writers Amateur Athlete of the year in 1975. All-Southeastern Conference in 1975-76 and voted the SEC Most Valuable Player. Douglas was named All-American in 1975-76. He was a member of Jason Honor Society at University of Alabama. Douglas was the first round draft pick of Detroit Pistons in 1976. In 1980 he went to the Kansas City Kings and in 1983 he went overseas to play. He played in Italy and France until 1990. In 1991 and 1992 he was the Assistant General manager and assistant coach of an Italian basketball team. He is the head basketball coach at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama.



Harvey Glance
Harvey Glance was born March 28, 1957 in Phenix City, Alabama. Glance was the greatest sprinter in Auburn history. He was a three-time Olympian and 1976 gold medal winner. Some of his accomplishments are: 1976-Olympic Gold Medalist; NCAA Champion-60 yards, 100 meters, 200 meters; World Record Holder-100 meters. 1977-SEC Champion-60 yards, 100 meters, 200 meters; NCAA Champion-100 meters. 1978- SEC Champion 60 yards, 100 meters, 200 meters. 1979- Pan Am Games Gold Medalist 100 meters, 4x100 Relay. 1980- Olympic Team/Captain- 100 meters, 4x100 Relay. 1984- Olympic Team-4x100 Relay. 1985- World Cup Gold Medalist-4x100 Relay. 1986-Goodwill Games Gold Medalist-4x100 Relay. 1987-World Championship Gold Medalist 4x100 Relay, Pan Am Games Gold Medalist-4x100 Relay. Glance was head coach at Auburn University from 1991-96. In 1997, he became the men’s head track coach at the University of Alabama. 
Vincent "Bo" Jackson
Vincent "Bo" Jackson was born November 30, 1962 in Bessemer, Alabama. Jackson was a three sport, All State performer at McAdory High School. He received an athletic scholarship to Auburn University in 1982. All SEC in 1982, ‘83, and "85. All American in 1983 and ‘85. In 1985 he received the highest honor in college football, the Heisman Trophy. He was drafted by both the NFL and Major League Baseball, he signed to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals. In 1987 he also signed with the Los Angeles Raiders and became a two sport star. In 1989 was the MVP for the Major League Baseball All Star game, and in 1990 he was a Pro Bowl selection in the NFL. An injury resulted in an early retirement from his outstanding professional career.


Herman "Bubba" Scott

Herman "Bubba" Scott was born April 24, 1927 in Prattville, Alabama. Scott graduated from Troy State and began coaching at Haleyville High School. In 1963 he became the head football coach at Howard College, now Samford University. He was chosen as Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association in 1966 and during the next 25 years led the secondary schools of the State through some very historic times including: the integration of athletic events, officials associations and administrative associations; the organization and development of the first state football championship playoff system; and the advent of girls athletics. Scott served as president of the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations, and as chairman of the National Football Rules Committee. He was elected to the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He passed away in 2012. 

Hal Self


Hal Self was born February 22, 1922 in Anderson, Alabama. Self was a standout in football, basketball and baseball at Decatur High School before entering Alabama in 1941. He quarter backed for Tide in 1941, ‘42, ‘44 and ‘45 (no team in war year of ‘43) and played in four major bowls: Cotton, Orange, Sugar and Rose. One of Frank Thomas' famous "war babies,” Self scored two touchdowns in 34-14 Rose Bowl to win over Southern California. He won the coveted Jacobs Blocking Award as SEC's best blocking back in 1945. He coached two years at Athens High with record of 15-5. In 1949 he began restoring football program at Florence State (now University of North Alabama) and coached with distinction for 21 years. Self's record at Florence was 110-81 (often against larger schools). Self gave up coaching in 1969 and became athletic director at UNA.