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E.J. Junior Inducted into Senior Bowl Hall of Fame



MOBILE, Ala. -- Former University of Alabama All-American and NFL veteran E.J. Junior is one of three members that will comprise the 2007 Senior Bowl Hall of Fame class.

Junior will be joined by Jake Plummer (Arizona State) and Hines Ward (Georgia) at this year's induction ceremony.  The trio will be formally inducted during a reception at The Country Club of Mobile on Friday, January 26, 2007.

All three inductees will also be introduced to the crowd during pre-game ceremonies prior to the 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl game set for Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27.

"When you consider that our Hall of Fame represents just the top two percent of the over 4,000 outstanding collegiate and NFL stars who have played in the Senior Bowl since 1950, it puts into perspective just how special this group really is," said Senior Bowl President Steve Hale.

Established in 1988, the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, sponsored by Regions Bank and Mobile Gas, seeks to pay tribute to the many former Senior Bowl players, coaches and administrators who have made lasting contributions to the game of football.

Junior brought his talents to the 1981 Senior Bowl following a stellar Crimson Tide career during which he was part of two national championship teams, was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy in 1980.

"E.J. Junior is one of the best linebackers in Alabama history," Hale added.  "He played on a number of championship teams with the Crimson Tide."

Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the fifth overall selection of the first-round in the 1981 NFL Draft, he went on to enjoy a 13-year NFL career with the Cardinals, Dolphins, Buccaneers and Seahawks. A two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Cardinals, he was regarded as one of the game's best linebackers and top pass rushers throughout his career and was named to the first-ever All-Madden team.

He recorded 25 quarterback sacks during eight seasons with the Cardinals from 1981-88, which was the third highest career total in team history.

Following his playing career, he became an ordained minister and has also worked in the NFL as an assistant coach with the Seattle, Minnesota and Jacksonville.  He also worked in the front office at Miami. He currently works as an assistant coach at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.

Junior is the 11th former UA player to be inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, joining other Bama greats Lee Roy Jordan and Joe Namath (1988), Ozzie Newsome (1989), Cornelius Bennett and Paul W. Bryant (1993), Bob Baumhower (1995), Derrick Thomas (1999), Jeremiah Castille (2003), Richard Todd (2004), Ray Perkins (2005) and Tony Nathan (2006).