Tragedy For Ex-Tide Athletes

Late Monday night, former Alabama football star Siran Stacy and his wife, the former Ellen Bible, an Alabama volleyball player, were in a van that was involved in an accident that killed Mrs. Stacy and four of the couple's children. The accident also killed the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident. News reports said the other vehicle was on the wrong side of the road.

Siran Stacy, an Alabama running back 1989-91, was hospitalized at Flowers Hospital in Dothan. His three-year-old daughter was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore, who was quarterbacks coach for the Crimson Tide under Coach Gene Stallings in Stacy's final two seasons, issued a statement. He said:

"Words cannot express the depth of the heartache we share with the Bible and Stacy families at this tragic time. I am sure I speak for all the members of the Alabama athletics family in expressing our shock and sadness for the tragedy that has befallen these two families. I also want to let both families know that we stand ready to assist them during this time of need and ask all Alabama fans to keep the Bible and Stacy families in their thoughts and prayers."

Siran Stacy was a football letterman at UA from 1989-91, who joined the Crimson Tide after spending two seasons at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He was a native of Geneva, Ala. He was a two-year starter and two-time All-SEC performer in 1989 and 1991. During his Alabama career, he had 429 rushing attempts for 2,113 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also had 62 pass receptions for 574 yards, one touchdown and 2,787 all-purpose yards.

In 1989, Stacy played in 11 games and ran 216 times for 1,079 yards (5.0 average) and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 98.1 yards per game. The 1,079 yards is just one of twelve 1,000-yard seasons in school history. His 18 TDs and 108 points that season were single-season school records at the time and currently rank second to Shaun Alexander in Crimson Tide football history. Stacy had 14 rushing attempts for 169 yards and four TDs in his Crimson Tide debut against Memphis State on Sept. 16, 1989. He also added 28 rushing attempts for a career-high 211 yards and three TDs as Alabama clinched the 1989 SEC Championship with a win at LSU on Nov. 11, 1989.

His senior year ended prematurely when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 8, 1990. Before the injury, he rushed 13 times for 67 yards and one TD and caught three passes for 25 yards. He came back in 1991 and turned in another All-SEC season, rushing 200 times for 967 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 89.9 yards per game. He accounted for 1,144 all-purpose yards that season. Stacy recorded 100-yard rushing games against Vanderbilt (16-180-1), Tennessee-Chattanooga (17-109-2), LSU (19-102-0) and Colorado (26-111-0) in 1991.

Stacy was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1992 National Football League Player Draft, the 48th player chosen overall. Stacy played for the Eagles that season, seeing action in one game that season. He enjoyed success with NFL Europe's Scottish Claymores from 1995-97 and in 2000, leading the team in rushing in 1995 with 785 yards and five touchdowns and in 1996 with 780 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 785 yards and four touchdowns for the Claymores in 1997. He also played in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Ellen Bible Stacy 1993 was a co-captain of Alabama's women's volleyball team in 1991, and a four-year letter winner from 1989-92 for head coach Dorothy Franco-Reed. A native of Lafayette, Ind., Ellen earned the team's "Rock" Award three times during her career (1989, 1990 and 1992) in recognition of her hustle and determination. A hitter for the Tide, Ellen led the Tide in digs in 1990 with 273. In 1992, Bible had a team-leading 30 service aces and was fourth on the team with 140 digs. As a junior in 1991, Bible was ninth in the Southeastern Conference in service aces with 48.

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