Jerry Duncan To Be Inducted

The man who made the tackle eligible play famous at The University of Alabama, Jerry Duncan, will be one of eight individuals who will be inducted into the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 3.

A native of Sparta, N.C. Duncan caught four passes his junior year and five passes and a touchdown his senior year at Alabama out of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's famous tackle eligible formation. Other coaches -- notably Ole Miss Johnny Vaught, who was a member of the NCAA rules committee -- complained that Bryant and Duncan had an advantage and had the tackle eligible made an illegal play.

Duncan was named All-SEC at tackle his senior year and was named to the second team All-Century Team at Alabama. He played on two consecutive national championship teams and three consecutive SEC Championship teams. He was also a member of the 1966 Crimson Tide team that went undefeated and untied. He played in two Orange Bowls and one Sugar Bowl.

In 1997 Duncan was awarded the prestigious Paul W. Bryant Alumni Athlete Award. For 24 years he was the sideline reporter for the Alabama Radio Network. He has worked tirelessly for many years with the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club and the Crippled Children Foundation.

Others to be inducted with Jerry Duncan are: Wilbur Jackson (Alabama football), Buck Johnson (Alabama basketball), Barry Krauss (Alabama football), Al Lary (Alabama baseball and football), David Marsh (Auburn swimming coach), Sonny Smith (Auburn basketball coach) and Gene Washington (football). Being honored as the Distinguished Alabama Sportsmen are David Housel (former athletics director at Auburn, and Mal Moore, athletics director, The University of Alabama.

To order tickets for the June 3 induction banquet at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665 or go to our website under the menu section print our 2007 ticket order form.

Editor's Note: This is one in a series on inductees into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

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