Former Tide Great Brooker In ASHOF

All purpose football player Tommy Brooker will be one of ten individuals to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 30.

A native of Demopolis, Brooker played collegiately at The University of Alabama. He was a member of the 1961 National Championship team. He played offensive right end (tight end), defensive left end and also handled the kicking (field goals, extra points and kick offs). In 1960 he had two memorable field goals, one to beat Auburn (3-0) and one to tie Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl (3-3).

He was honorable mention All-America and was first team Academic All-America.

He was drafted by the Dallas Texans (the franchise moved to Kansas City and became the Kansas City Chiefs) of the AFL and played five years. He was selected All-Pro with the Chiefs.

He participated in the AFL Pro Bowl All-Star game and holds the record for the longest field goal in the AFL Pro-Bowl history of 46 yards.

He never missed an extra point in his five year pro career (149 consecutive). He shares the AFL record of eight consecutive field goal attempts made in a game. He led the team in scoring three times.

His most memorable game winning field goal was a 24-yarder to end the second sudden-death overtime period in the 1962 AFL Championship game. That game was the longest AFL game ever played. In one season he had four last second winning field goals. As a receiver for the Chiefs his longest reception was a 92 yard touchdown against Denver in 1962. In his rookie year three of his pass receptions went for touchdowns.

He is the Founder of The Alabama A Club Educational and Charitable Foundation. This 501 C organization has provided hundreds of thousand of dollars in benefits to former Alabama athletes and their families over the years.

Other members of the Class of 2009 include: Larry Blakeney (football), Steve Bolt (track), Janelle Kirtley Godfrey (water skiing), Charles Hannah (football), Jimmy Key (baseball), Lee May (baseball), and John Mitchell (football). The Distinguished Alabama Sportsman is Ronald G. Bruno and the Distinguished American Sportsman is Nicholas J. "Nick" Bollettieri.

To order tickets for the May 30th Induction Banquet at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum toll free at 877-323-6665.

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