ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS RANDY KENNEDY 2024 MEL ALLEN MEDIA AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Randy Kennedy will be recognized as the 2024 Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

The Mel Allen Media Award was created to honor media members in the State of Alabama who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after the 1974 ASHOF Inductee Mel Allen, of Birmingham, who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades.

Randy Kennedy is a Chelsea High School graduate who began his professional career by broadcasting high school football and basketball games while still a student at the University of Montevallo. He worked at the Shelby County Reporter before he started his career covering SEC sports for the Dothan Eagle. Kennedy worked the Auburn Tigers beat for one year before covering the Alabama Crimson Tide for three years, culminating in the 1992 national championship season. He has since been a columnist and editor at the Valdosta Daily Times, the Alexander City Outlook, the Opelika-Auburn News and the Mobile Press-Register/AL.com. In 2022, Kennedy was named one of the 50 Legends of the Alabama Sports Writers Association. He now lives in Mobile, where he can be heard on iHeart Radio’s Sports Talk 99.5.

Kennedy joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Mel Allen Media Award recipients. They are: John Pruett (2014), George Smith (2014), Tom Roberts (2015), Ron Ingram (2017), Cecil Hurt (2019), Paul Finebaum (2020), Rubin Grant (2021), Mark McCarter (2022), and Rick Karle (2023).

The 56th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS ROY PARKER 2024 FRANK “PIG” HOUSE AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Roy Parker will be recognized as the 2024 Frank “Pig” House Award recipient at the 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

The Frank “Pig” House Award is given to someone who has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama, and whom the Board of Directors feels worthy of special recognition. The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s first Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.

Roy Parker was born in Montgomery, Alabama on June 18, 1944. In 2002, he was voted into the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame. Roy was employed by ALFA Mutual Insurance Company for 39 years as a district claims manager serving Georgia and Alabama before retiring in 2006. While at ALFA, he won the District Manager of the Year award nine times. Roy worked with the Blue/Gray Football Classic for 24 years starting in 1954. For 33 years, he has volunteered with the Auburn University Athletic Department working on the sidelines of Jordan-Hare Stadium missing only one home football game since 1989. Roy has been a member of the Auburn Athletic Director’s Club for 12 years and has served on their Board of Directors. He was named the club’s Member of the Year in 2019. Roy became an honorary member of the Auburn Football Letterman’s Club and the Auburn “A” Club in 2006. Roy cherishes the relationships he has developed and maintained with many coaches and players during his involvement with Auburn Athletics.

Parker joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Frank “Pig” House Award recipients. They are: Sammy Dunn (2004), Avalee Willoughby (2007), Buddy Anderson (2014), Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV (2017), Don Hawkins (2020), Reeves Sims (2021), Eddie Conyers (2022), and William Booth (2023).

The 56th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS KERRY GOODE 2024 DISTINGUISHED ALABAMA SPORTSMAN

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Kerry Goode will be recognized as the 2024 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman at the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Goode was a member of the University of Alabama football team where he was the 1983 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year. Kerry served as Captain of the Crimson Tide team and was voted by his teammates as the team’s MVP. His hands and footprints are etched in the Alabama Walk of Fame near Denny Chimes.

Although his collegiate career was plagued by injuries, Goode was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1988. He also spent time with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. After his playing days, Kerry coached with the New York Giants and the St. Louis Rams as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Goode later held the position of Community Relations and Sponsorship Director for the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL.

After being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 2015, Kerry and his wife Tanja founded the Goode Foundation which supports ALS patients and their families. This includes providing access to needed diagnostic and treatment services, educational resources, and support services for improved quality of life. Kerry, and the Goode Foundation, is dedicated to education, advocacy, and research. He is a recipient of the Paul Bryant Alumni Athlete Award, Vivian Malone “Crimson Flame” Courage Award, and the University of Alabama Distinguished Alumni Award.

Goode joins an impressive list of others who have been honored as Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Alabama Sportsmen. They are: Hall Thompson (1987), Jack Warner (1989), Ray Scott (1990), Dr. James Andrews (1992), Dr. David Bronner (1994), Dr. Wilford Bailey (1995), Tom York (1996), Dr. Larry Lemak (1997), Bill Legg (2001), John Croyle (2002), George Mann (2004), David Housel (2007), Mal Moore (2007), Ronald Bruno (2009), Mickey Newsome (2010), Kennith Blankenship (2014), Charles Kelly (2014), Dr. Gaylon McCollough (2017), and J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (2019).

The 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2024

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Class of 2024 to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on May 4, 2024. The Class was selected by ballot through a statewide selection committee; votes were tabulated by the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The newly elected inductees for the Class of 2024 are as follows:

MIKE ANDERSON

PENNEY HAUSCHILD BUXTON

LARRY CHAPMAN

JOHN DREW

ROBERT MATHIS

DAVID PALMER

SCOTT SULLIVAN

MIKE WASHINGTON

Starting with the first class in 1969, this will be the 56th Class inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The eight newly elected inductees will bring the total number of inductees to 401.

The 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

CLASS OF 2024 BIOGRAPHIES:

MIKE ANDERSON – BASKETBALL – COACHING | Born December 12, 1959, in Birmingham, AL. Anderson played basketball at Jefferson State Community College, before being recruited to play at the University of Tulsa. While at Tulsa, he averaged 12 points per game and helped lead the team to an NIT title. After graduating, Anderson served as an assistant coach at Tulsa for four seasons before joining the University of Arkansas as an assistant coach for 17 years. In 2002, Anderson returned to Birmingham to become the head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He led the team to a 22-win season in his first year. UAB reached the NCAA Tournament each of the following three seasons, upsetting top-ranked Kentucky in 2004 on their way to the Sweet Sixteen. Anderson was named C-USA Coach of the Year in 2004. Since leaving UAB in 2006, Anderson has been the head coach at Missouri, Arkansas, and St. John’s where he was honored as Big East Coach of the Year in 2021.

PENNEY HAUSCHILD BUXTON – GYMNASTICS | Born August 6, 1964, in Horsham, PA. Buxton was the first Southeastern Conference gymnast to win an NCAA title and won four during her time at the University of Alabama: two NCAA all-around championships in 1985 and 1986, the 1985 NCAA uneven bars championship, and the 1986 NCAA floor exercise championship. Between 1983 and 1986, she was named an All-American 10 times. She won back-to-back Honda Awards in 1985 and 1986, becoming the first UA gymnast to win the award and the only one to win multiple. Buxton was honored as an SEC Great in 2006.

LARRY CHAPMAN – BASKETBALL – COACHING | Born April 11, 1941, in Ludowici, GA. Chapman was the head coach of the Auburn University at Montgomery men’s basketball team for 37 years from 1976-2014. He won 20 games in his second season at AUM and had fifteen 20-win seasons in his career. Chapman’s 1987-88 team posted a record of 32-3 and reached the NAIA National Championship game. Following the 1988 season, he was named NAIA Coach of the Year. He has also coached two teams to the tournament quarterfinals. In total, 11 teams coached by Chapman qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. His 714 career wins ranks in the top 70 of men’s college basketball coaches. In 2005, Chapman was inducted into the inaugural AUM Athletic Hall of Fame class.

JOHN DREW – BASKETBALL | Born September 30, 1954, in Vrendenburgh, AL. While at J.F. Shields High School, Drew led his team to a basketball state championship, and he set the AHSAA career scoring average record with 41 points per game. He attended Gardner-Webb University where he played basketball from 1972 to 1974. As a sophomore, Drew averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds per game. He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 1974 NBA Draft. Drew made his NBA debut on October 18, 1974, scoring 32 points along with 12 rebounds. During his nine seasons with the Hawks, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and was a two-time NBA All-Star. In 1982, Drew was traded to the Utah Jazz where he would play three seasons. He finished his NBA career with 15,291 points and 5,088 rebounds.

ROBERT MATHIS – FOOTBALL | Born February 26, 1981, in Atlanta, GA. Mathis played football at Alabama A&M University starting all four years at defensive end and outside linebacker. During his senior season, he set the NCAA I-AA single-season sack record with 20 sacks. Mathis was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. In 2006, Mathis started all 16 games for the first time in his career and recorded a career-high 65 tackles while helping lead his team to a Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears. Mathis was a five-time Pro Bowler and spent his entire 14-year NFL career with the Colts. He holds the NFL record for most career forced fumbles (54). Mathis finished his NFL career with 538 tackles, 123 sacks, 54 forced fumbles, and 17 fumble recoveries. He retired in 2016 and has served as a pass rush consultant for the Colts since 2017.

DAVID PALMER – FOOTBALL | Born November 19, 1972, in Birmingham, AL. Palmer played at the University of Alabama and was the school’s first single-season 1,000-yard receiver. In 1992, he was a member of the Crimson Tide’s consensus National Championship team. Following his junior season, Palmer was recognized as a consensus First-Team All-American and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He won the Paul Warfield Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate wide receiver. In the 1994 NFL Draft, Palmer was selected in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings. He played seven years with the Vikings, primarily as a return specialist.  He led the NFL in punt returns in 1995 and finished his career with 4,884 return yards.

SCOTT SULLIVAN – BASEBALL | Born March 13, 1971, in Tuscaloosa, AL. Sullivan joined the Auburn University baseball team as a walk-on in 1991 and pitched three seasons for the Tigers, finishing with a 13-9 record as a relief pitcher. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1993 MLB Draft. Sullivan made his MLB debut with the Reds on May 6, 1995. While playing for Cincinnati, he set a club record by pitching at least 100 innings of relief every season from 1998-2001. Sullivan ranks second in Reds franchise history with 494 pitching appearances. He also played one season with the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals. Sullivan finished his 10-year MLB career with an ERA of 3.98 and 622 strikeouts.

MIKE WASHINGTON – FOOTBALL | Born July 1, 1953, in Montgomery, AL. Washington played defensive back at the University of Alabama where he was a member of the 1973 national championship team. He was named All-SEC and All-American in 1973 and 1974. Washington was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the third round of the 1975 NFL Draft and was later traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played nine seasons in Tampa Bay and started 105 games. Washington finished his career with 28 interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and three touchdowns.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS BOB BARRETT AND MARK WOMACK 2023 DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN SPORTSMEN

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Bob Barrett and Mark Womack will be recognized as the 2023 Distinguished American Sportsmen at the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 55th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

Bob Barrett is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Honours Golf, recently acquired by Troon. He has over 46 years of experience in developing and operating golf facilities including Shoal Creek, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and Augusta National where he began his career. Bob is responsible for the overall direction along with the development and operational activities of Honours Golf Company which manages a diverse portfolio of award-winning properties from daily fee golf courses to resort courses and private country clubs to athletic sports complexes.

From 1977 through 1991, Barrett was club manager and head golf professional at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Birmingham. Barrett was instrumental in hosting the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships and the U.S. Amateur held at Shoal Creek. In 1986, he was honored by the National PGA of America as Merchandiser of the Year and selected as President of the Dixie Section of PGA. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Barrett began his career as an assistant golf professional at Augusta National Golf Club.

Mark Womack has spent over four decades of his professional career as a member of the Southeastern Conference staff, including the last 30 years as Executive Associate Commissioner. Womack serves as Chief Financial Officer, a liaison to the SEC’s athletics directors, and he spearheads scheduling efforts for the sport of football. He also works with the SEC’s football bowl partners and television partners to go along with his general administration duties of SEC football and the SEC office. In Womack’s time as CFO, the SEC has distributed as much as $650 million annually among its 14 universities. A portion of this revenue is used to fund a wide range of academic and campus improvement initiatives, including academic scholarships, endowed faculty positions, student wellness programs, research programs, and forward-looking building projects.

Womack has twice served as acting commissioner, first in 1986 before the SEC hired Harvey Schiller, then again in 1989 prior to Roy Kramer being named commissioner. He has worked alongside five of the SEC’s eight commissioners. Womack joined the SEC in 1978 as Assistant Public Relations Director under then-SEC publicist Scoop Hudgins. The following year, he became Assistant to the Commissioner for Administration and Information. In 1981, Womack was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, a title he held until 1988 when he was promoted again to Associate Commissioner. Born in Scottsboro, Alabama and raised in Tuscaloosa, Womack earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Alabama in 1978.

Barrett and Womack join an impressive list of others who have been honored as Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished American Sportsmen. They are: Bob Hope (1988), Hugh Culverhouse (1991), Former President George H.W. Bush (1992), Charles O. Finley (1993), Larry D. Striplin, Jr. (1998), Bill Ireland (2000), Roy Kramer (2003), Jim Wilson, Jr. (2005), Michael E. Stephens (2006), Joseph Gibbs (2008), Nick Bollettieri (2009), Rick Woodward (2010), Don Logan (2011), Ron Froehlich (2015), Mike Slive (2015), Edgar Welden (2016), Pete Derzis (2017), Jimmy Rane (2018), Daniel Moore (2019), Robbie Robertson (2020), Angus R. Cooper II (2021), John McMahon, Jr. (2021), and Gene Hallman (2022).

The 55th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 13, 2023. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS RICK KARLE 2023 MEL ALLEN MEDIA AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Rick Karle will be recognized as the 2023 Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 55th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

The Mel Allen Media Award was created to honor media members in the State of Alabama who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after the 1974 ASHOF Inductee Mel Allen, of Birmingham, who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades.

Rick Karle was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. He attended the University of New Hampshire where he received his B.A. degree in journalism. Karle spent 38 years as a TV sports anchor in Birmingham, Jacksonville, FL and Hanover, NH. Karle also worked for 30 years anchoring high school football coverage in Alabama. He joined WVTM 13 in 2019 where he currently serves as a co-host of the WVTM 13 morning news. Karle is in his 43rd year of television broadcasting. During his time in Alabama, Karle, a cancer survivor, has served as a board member for the American Cancer Society. He has also volunteered with the Big Oak Ranches, United Cerebral Palsy, and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Karle is a 24-time Emmy award winner with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The most recent Emmy that Karle was awarded was in June 2018 for “Best Sports Anchor” in the southeast. Karle has received more than 50 Emmy nominations and has won over 50 Associated Press awards, including the Alabama AP “Best Sports Anchor” award in 2017 and the AP “Best Sports Program” award for “Sideline”. He has also been recognized with six Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards and one Edward R. Murrow National Award.

Karle joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Mel Allen Media Award recipients. They are: John Pruett (2014), George Smith (2014), Tom Roberts (2015), Ron Ingram (2017), Cecil Hurt (2019), Paul Finebaum (2020), Rubin Grant (2021), and Mark McCarter (2022).

The 55th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 13, 2023. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS WILLIAM BOOTH 2023 FRANK “PIG” HOUSE AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that William Booth will be recognized as the 2023 Frank “Pig” House Award recipient at the 55th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

The Frank “Pig” House Award is given to someone who has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama, and whom the Board of Directors feels worthy of special recognition. The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s first Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.

William Booth was born in 1944 in Hartselle, AL. He became a math teacher at Hartselle High School in 1966. Booth taught math for 22 years before he was convinced by Hartselle’s principal to coach their baseball team. Booth’s son would soon be joining the high school baseball team, so he figured he would try coaching for two seasons. After leading the team to a 27-4 record in his second season, Booth has stuck with the team ever since. With his 648th win in 2006, Booth became the state’s all-time winningest high school baseball coach. At 78 years old, William Booth still leads the Hartselle Tigers baseball team and has compiled a record of 1163-508. Booth has also won nine state championships, good for the second-most in Alabama history, and 21 area championships. Booth was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Booth joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Frank “Pig” House Award recipients. They are: Sammy Dunn (2004), Avalee Willoughby (2007), Buddy Anderson (2014), Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV (2017), Don Hawkins (2020), Reeves Sims (2021), and Eddie Conyers (2022).

The 55th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 13, 2023. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Class of 2023 to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on May 13, 2023. The Class was selected by ballot through a statewide selection committee; votes were tabulated by the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The newly elected inductees for the Class of 2023 are as follows:

KAREN MAYSON BAHNSEN

KARLOS DANSBY

ROMAN HARPER

LARRY KENON

THEO RATLIFF

JACKIE SHERRILL

GERALD WALLACE

RODDY WHITE

Starting with the first class in 1969, this will be the 55th Class inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The eight newly elected inductees will bring the total number of inductees to 393.

The 55th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on May 13, 2023. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

CLASS OF 2023 BIOGRAPHIES:

KAREN MAYSON BAHNSEN – GOLF | Born October 11, 1960 in Mobile, AL. Bahnsen was the first female golfer to receive an athletic scholarship at Louisiana State University where she played from 1980-83. She was head coach of the Lady Tigers from 1985-2018. During Bahnsen’s 34 years as head coach, her teams recorded 28 team titles and 28 individual titles. She led the Tigers to an SEC Championship victory in 1992 and her teams qualified for the NCAA Championship Tournament eleven times. In 2011, Bahnsen’s team finished third in the NCAA National Championship Tournament, and LSU golfer Austin Ernst won the NCAA Individual Championship. The National Golf Coaches Association inducted Bahnsen into its Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.

KARLOS DANSBY – FOOTBALL | Born November 3, 1981 in Birmingham, AL. Dansby was an All-State linebacker and wide receiver at Woodlawn High School and played football at Auburn University from 2000-2003. During his career at Auburn, he was a First-Team All-American and Butkus Award semi-finalist. Dansby was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. During his 14-year NFL career, he spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals. When Dansby signed with the Dolphins in 2010, his $43 million contract made him the highest paid inside linebacker in NFL history at that time. He finished his career with 1,422 tackles, 43 sacks, and 20 interceptions.

ROMAN HARPER – FOOTBALL | Born December 11, 1982 in Prattville, AL. Harper played football at the University of Alabama where he started at safety for three seasons. During his time at Alabama, Harper accumulated 302 tackles along with five interceptions and five forced fumbles. He was named First-Team All-SEC his senior year. Harper was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In Super Bowl XLIV, Harper led the Saints with eight tackles, and the team won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. He played eight years with the Saints before signing with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent in 2014. After two seasons with the Panthers, Harper played his final year with the Saints in 2016. He finished his 11-year NFL career with 819 tackles, 18 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, and 11 interceptions. In 2020, Harper was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

LARRY KENON – BASKETBALL | Born December 13, 1952 in Birmingham, AL. Kenon played two years at Amarillo College before transferring to Memphis State University. In his junior year, Kenon was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and helped lead Memphis State to the NCAA Championship Game. As a member of the New York Nets, Kenon won the ABA Championship as a rookie and was also named to the ABA All-Rookie First Team. After three seasons with the Nets, Kenon was traded to the San Antonio Spurs who merged with the NBA in 1976. Kenon also spent time with the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a three-time ABA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Star, and holds the NBA record for most steals in one game with 11. Kenon finished with 12,954 points and 6,701 rebounds in his 11-year ABA/NBA career.

THEO RATLIFF – BASKETBALL | Born April 17, 1973 in Demopolis, AL.  Ratliff attended the University of Wyoming where he led the country in blocks in 1993 and was named First-Team All-Conference in 1994 and 1995. He was drafted 18th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1995 NBA Draft. Ratliff played three seasons in Detroit before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. After four years with the 76ers, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks where he was named an NBA All-Star in 2001 and led the NBA in blocks in 2001, 2003, and 2004. Ratliff also spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Bobcats, and Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2011. Ratliff finished his 17-year NBA career with 5,809 points, 4,596 rebounds, and 1,968 blocks. He was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

JACKIE SHERRILL – FOOTBALL – COACHING | Born November 28, 1943 in Duncan, OK. Sherrill played football at the University of Alabama and was a member of two consecutive National Championship teams. After his playing career, Sherrill was a graduate assistant at Alabama and Arkansas. He was an assistant coach at Iowa State and Pittsburgh before receiving his first head coach position at Washington State in 1976. After one season at WSU, he returned to Pittsburgh, serving as head coach from 1977-1981. He was named the Walter Camp Coach of Year in 1981.  In 1982, Sherrill became the head coach of Texas A&M and, from 1985-87, led them to three consecutive Southwest Conference Championships earning SWC Coach of the Year honors in all three seasons.  He was the head coach at Mississippi State for 13 years and won the SEC Western Division in 1998.  He is one of only two Division I-A head football coaches to ever lead three different schools to ten wins or more in a season. His overall record was 180-120-4.

GERALD WALLACE – BASKETBALL | Born July 23, 1982 in Sylacauga, AL. During his senior year at Childersburg High School, Wallace was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and First-Team Parade All-American. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama for one season and then declared for the NBA Draft. Wallace was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 25th overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft.  He was later selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft. In 2006, Wallace led the NBA in steals.  He was an NBA All-Star in 2010 and was named NBA All-Defensive First-Team. Wallace is one of three players in NBA history to average at least two steals and two blocks per game over the course of an entire season. He was selected to the 2010–2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team to represent the United States in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Wallace also played with the Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, and Boston Celtics. He finished with 9,993 points, 4,838 rebounds, and 1,725 assists over his 15-year NBA career.

RODDY WHITE – FOOTBALL | Born November 2, 1981 in Charleston, SC. White played college football at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2001-2004 where he amassed over 3,000 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. During his senior season, White led the nation with 1,452 receiving yards. He was selected 27th overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2005 NFL Draft. In 2010, White was named First-Team All-Pro and led the NFL in receptions. He was also selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2008-2011. White spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Falcons and leads the franchise in career receiving touchdowns. He finished his career with 808 receptions, 10,863 yards, and 63 touchdowns.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS EDDIE CONYERS 2022 FRANK “PIG” HOUSE AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Eddie Conyers will be recognized as the 2022 Frank “Pig” House Award recipient at the 54th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

The Frank “Pig” House Award is given to someone who has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama, and whom the Board of Directors feels worthy of special recognition. The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s first Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.

Eddie Conyers is being honored for his nearly 60 years of service to University of Alabama athletic department. Born in Montgomery, he and his family eventually moved to Tuscaloosa where he graduated from high school in 1946. After two years of service in the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of Alabama. He was called back into service during the Korean War and served an additional two years. In 1954, he graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Commerce and went to work for Allen and Jemison Company in Tuscaloosa, where he worked for 26 years. In 1962, Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant hired Conyers as a football practice official and he has served in that position ever since. At age 93, he has worked with 12 national champion teams and many hall of fame inductees, including Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings, and Nick Saban.

Conyers joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Frank “Pig” House Award recipients. They are: Sammy Dunn (2004), Avalee Willoughby (2007), Buddy Anderson (2014), Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV (2017), Don Hawkins (2020), and Reeves Sims (2021).

The 54th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME HONORS MARK MCCARTER 2022 MEL ALLEN MEDIA AWARD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Mark McCarter will be recognized as the 2022 Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 54th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

The Mel Allen Media Award was created to honor media members in the State of Alabama who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after the 1974 ASHOF Inductee Mel Allen, of Birmingham, who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades.

Mark McCarter began his career in journalism at The Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1971 before spending over 20 years writing for newspapers in Alabama, first as sports editor of The Anniston Star and then 17 years as a columnist at The Huntsville Times. A four-time Alabama Sports Writer of the Year, he has also been honored as Best Sports Columnist by the Associated Press Sports Editor with three other years as a finalist. His contributions to the sports community include serving as an ASHOF Selection Committee member since 2009, Heisman Trust chairman for Alabama for 12 years, committee member for 15 years for the John Stallworth Foundation Golf Tournament, and past president and more than 20 years as officer or board member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

McCarter is an author of three books, and his work has been published in Sports Illustrated, Fortune, The Sporting News, Baseball America, Sport Magazine, USA Today and numerous other publications. He has covered ten Final Fours, numerous college football national championships and bowl games, five Super Bowls, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 17 Daytona 500s and more than 60 NASCAR Cup races at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway. He still contributes to publications in Alabama and has a continuing involvement in sports through his new role as Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

McCarter joins a distinguished list of others who have been honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as Mel Allen Media Award recipients. They are: John Pruett (2014), George Smith (2014), Tom Roberts (2015), Ron Ingram (2017), Cecil Hurt (2019), Paul Finebaum (2020), and Rubin Grant (2021).

The 54th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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