The State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame celebrates its 49th Anniversary honoring this state’s greatest athletes. Established in 1967 by an act of the state legislature, the Hall of Fame had its first induction class in 1969. The 2017 Induction Banquet will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Recently, the Board of Directors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2017. The newly elected eight inductees now bring the total of all enshrined to 346.
BamaMag.com had a chance to speak with family members representing Donahue and Goosetree at the ASHOF luncheon on Friday.
Inductees synopsis provided by ASHOF:
KEN DONAHUE / FOOTBALL - Born February 28, 1925 in Corryton, TN. He was an assistant football coach for 38 years. He had coaching stints at Memphis State, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama and Tennessee again. He was named Working Coach of the Year in the SEC twice (1975 at Alabama and 1985 at Tennessee). In 1985 the Football News named him Best Assistant Coach nationally. For 21 years served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Alabama. During that time period the Alabama defense led the SEC in least yards allowed seven times, in rushing nine times and in pass defense three times. Alabama won 12 SEC titles and five national championships during his tenure. He passed away in March of 2001.
JIM GOOSTREE / ADMINISTRATOR - Born in 1930 in Clarksville, Tennessee. He served as athletic trainer for 27 years at the University of Alabama. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer’s Association’s Hall of Fame in 1984. He served as head trainer for both the Blue-Gray and Senior Bowl All-Star games for 15 years. In 1984 he was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director at Alabama. He was in charge of the Tide Pride donor program. He supervised the renovation and expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium, the building of the indoor practice facility and football buildings. He also oversaw the renovation of Coleman Coliseum and Paul Bryant Dormitory. Lastly, he supervised the construction of the baseball stadium. He died in October of 1999.
KEVIN TURNER / FOOTBALL- Born June 12, 1969 in Prattville, AL. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama; and served as captain for 1991 team. He received the Spring Practice Award (the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence) in 1990. He was a third round draft choice in the 1992 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots. He played three seasons with Patriots and then was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played five seasons. He was presented the NFL Ed Block Courage Award in 1996 by the Eagles for overcoming adversity on and off the field. He passed away on March 24, 2016 due to ALS.