Six of the eight-member 2017 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame class have SEC football ties.
Kevin Turner, Ken Donahue, Jim Goostree, Jeff Herrod, Takeo Spikes and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams all were recently announced as members of the class.
Turner, Donahue and Goostree all have Alabama ties, while Spikes and Williams played at Auburn. Herrod, who’s from Alabama, played at Ole Miss.
Turner played fullback for the Crimson Tide from 1988-91 before eight seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. He died in March from CTE linked to head trauma that led to a motor neuron disease similar to ALS.
Donahue, who died in 2001, served as an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Alabama for 21 years from 1964-85 – most of which overlapped with legendary coach Bear Bryant’s long tenure at the school. He also played at Tennessee and later served as an assistant at the school, along with Mississippi State.
Goostree was a longtime Alabama athletic trainer, assistant athletic director and executive athletic director. He also helped start Alabama’s victory cigar celebration following wins over Tennessee. Goostree passed away in 1999.
Spikes was a linebacker at Auburn during the late 1990s, then played 15 seasons in the NFL for five different teams.
Williams, a running back, led Auburn in rushing three times and set school records in rushing attempts (741) and rushing touchdowns (45) from 2001-04. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and played six seasons in the league.
Herrod, from Birmingham, Alabama, played linebacker at Ole Miss from 1984-87, followed by 11 seasons in the NFL. He set single-game (28) and season (168) records in tackles during his time with the Rebels.
Lee Defore, a former Auburn basketball player, and Todd Jones, a former Jacksonville State baseball player, were the other two inductees.
The 49th Alabama Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet and ceremony will take place on May 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
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