November 1, 2006
TUSCALOOSA,Ala.- Five of the eight members in the 2007 induction class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame played at the University of Alabama. The inductees who played for the Tide are: Jerry Duncan, Wilbur Jackson, Buck Johnson Barry Krauss, and Al Lary.
The 2007 class of inductees will be enshrined into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on June 3, 2007 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Tickets will be available at a later date.
Over the last 35 years, the ASHOF has become the benchmark for other Sports Museums across the country, with over 5,000 sports artifacts elegantly displayed in the 33,000 square foot building. Out of ESPN's list of the top 100 athletes of the century, five out of the top 15 greatest are in the ASHOF: Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, and Carl Lewis.
Jerry Duncan was a member of two national championship teams and three Southeastern Conference Championship teams while playing tackle for the Tide from 1964-66. He was named All-SEC in 1966. He gained recognition for catching passes in Coach Bryant's famous tackle eligible plays. Duncan played in two Orange Bowls and one Sugar Bowl while at the Capstone. After his playing days he served as a graduate assistant coach at Alabama. He spent 24 years as the sideline reporter for the University of Alabama Radio Network. Duncan has worked for many years with the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and the Crippled Children Foundation.
Wilbur Jackson signed with Alabama as a split end, he was the first AfricanÂ-American to sign a football scholarship with the Tide. While at the Capstone he earned All-SEC honors as a fullback in 1973 averaging 7.9 yards a carry. He was the ninth overall pick of the 1974 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He accumulated 895 yards his rookie season and was named NFC Rookie of the Year. Jackson ended his NFL career with 5,424 combined rushing and receiving yards with two teams, the 49ers and Washington Redskins. He was a member of the Redskins 1982 Super Bowl championship team.
Buck Johnson played basketball at Alabama from 1983-86. He earned All-SEC honors three consecutive years (1984-86), All-SEC Tournament Team in Â`85 and '86 and played on four NCAA Tournament teams. He is the Tide's fourth-leading scorer all-time with 1,896 points and ranks eighth on the all-time rebounding list with 933. He was selected in the first round (20th overall selection) in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He had an eight-year NBA career with the Rockets and Washington Bullets. He scored 4,617 points and his team made the NBA playoffs five times. Johnson was also an all-star player in Europe.
Barry Krauss is remembered by most Bama fans for stopping Penn State running back Mike Guman on fourth-and-one in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, the play that is now known simply as the "Goal Line Stand." Krauss was named the MVP of that game, the only time in Sugar Bowl history that a lineman has received that honor. He was a three-year letterman for the Tide at linebacker. In 1976 he was voted the Liberty Bowl's Outstanding Defensive Player and game MVP. He led Alabama in tackles in 1977 (91) and was second on the team in 1978 (112). He was a member of the Alabama All-Century team, a 1978 All-American and two-time All-SEC selection (1977 & 78.) Krauss was the sixth overall pick by the Baltimore Colts in the 1979 NFL Draft. Over his 11-year NFL career he was the Colts' team MVP (1984), Dolphins' team MVP (1989) and accumulated over 1,000 tackles.
Al Lary played both baseball and football during his time at the Capstone. He is one of only three players to be named to the All-Century team in both sports. He was named to the All-SEC team for football in 1950. Lary still holds the Alabama record for touchdown receptions in a season with ten, he ranks fourth on the career touchdown receptions list (14), is fifth on the career list for average yards per reception (19.6) and fourth on the single season list for average yards per reception (21.6). On the diamond for the Tide, Lary was 10-3 as a starting pitcher over two seasons (1950 & 51.) He played two seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs (1954 & 62.) He also spent 12 years playing minor league baseball before he retired in 1964.
The University of Alabama is well represented in the ASHOF with the likes of Paul "Bear" Bryant, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, Gene Stallings, Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas and many more.