Former Tide QB Into Sports Hall Of Fame

Former University of Alabama quarterback Jeff Rutledge, who played on a national championship Crimson Tide team and three Super Bowl championship teams, will be one of eight to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 21.

A native of Birmingham where he was a prep All-America at Banks High School, Rutledge was the starting quarterback for Alabama's national championship team in 1978. Rutledge led the Crimson Tide to one of the most storied victories in Bama history, the 14-10 win of No. 2 Alabama over No. 1 Penn State to win the national championship in the Sugar Bowl.

Rutledge was second team All-Southeastern Conference two consecutive years (1977 and 1978).

Even though Rutledge played his Bama career in the run-oriented wishbone offense for legendary Coach Paul Bryant, he is high on the list of successful Tide passers.

He is third on the list of Alabama players having consecutive passes without an interception (100). He is tied for third with most touchdown passes in a game and tied for third for most touchdown passes in a season (13). He is tied for second in career touchdowns passes (30). He is tenth in most yards passing in a career (3,351). He is fourth in career touchdowns passing and running (30 passing, 11 rushing). He is ninth in career total offensive yardage (3,351 passing, 548 rushing).

He was a ninth round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams in 1979. He played in three Super Bowls with three different teams -- the Rams, the New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins.

Since retiring, he has coached on the high school, college, and professional levels, including coaching in a Super Bowl.

Other members of the ASHOF Class of 2011 include: former Tide football star Shaun Alexander, former Bama baseball great Al Worthington, Vonetta Flowers (track and bobsledding), Henry Hart (basketball), David Hill (football), Jimmy Smothers (media), and Frank Thomas (baseball). Don Logan will be honored as the Distinguished American Sportsman.

For ticket information to the May 21st Induction Banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.

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