Former Tider Jackson To Join ASHOF

BIRMINGHAM - Former consensus Alabama All-America halfback Wilbur Jackson will be one of eight individuals inducted into the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 3.

A native of Ozark, Wilbur Jackson was the first African-American to sign a football scholarship with The University of Alabama. In 1973 he was All-Southeastern Conference halfback in the wishbone offense rushing for 752 yards on 95 carries for a 7.9 yard average. The Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club honored him with their Outstanding Back award also in 1973.

He was a member of the 1973 National Championship Team and three SEC Championship teams.

In 1974 he was drafted by San Francisco 49ers as the 9th player overall. He was named the NFC Rookie of the Year with 705 yards rushing and 190 yards receiving. He was traded to the Washington Redskins in 1980. He played on Washington's 1982 Super Bowl Championship team. For his career he played in 94 NFL games, scored 17 touchdowns, and had 5,770 combined yards.

Others to be inducted with Wilbur Jackson are: Jerry Duncan (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 at 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 online to and under the menu section print the 2007 ticket order form.

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