Woodrow Lowe Into Hall Of Fame

On the same day current Alabama All-America linebacker Rolando McClain was being recognized for excellence by being named the winner of the Dick Butkus Award, New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria was the site to honor a past legendary Crimson Tide defender.

Woodrow Lowe, the first three-time Alabama All-America linebacker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening at the National Football Foundation Awards Dinner.

The Columbus, Georgia native and Central High School (Phenix City) standout stills holds the Alabama single-season record for tackles with 134 achieved as a sophomore in 1973. Chosen in the fifth round of the 1976 NFL draft, Woodrow Lowe played 11 years for the San Diego Chargers. Comments from the Tuesday morning press conference of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009 have been provided by the National Football Foundation:

From Woodrow Lowe

Thank you. It's kind of hard to express all the gladness and excitement that's in my heart right now. I want to thank the NFL, and I want to thank the University of Alabama. I also want to thank the NFL and my high school and all the people that had something to do with me being here right now sitting in this seat.

You know, this is a deeply humbling event that over the years I never dreamed of. In the high school arena, college arena and the NFL, there are a lot of people. People that I see here from every area here honoring me.

But I must admit now deeply that it's never been about me. It's been about people, the mothers. It's about the sports writers. It's about fans, the spectators that make this something special.

You know, Coach Bryant used to say you're special. You're special. And to be honest, you know, most of these guys over here will tell you right now that playing this game is easy. The heroes, the excitement that goes along with the game. I tell you, that creates character and values that you all put in us.

It has been greatly -- I am so humbled now I cannot believe it. There are so many people that I need to thank, but it's never been about me. It's been about my teammates. It's been about the coaches. It's been about the mothers, the fathers, the sports writers that make this game so great. That makes us so great. That put us on the pedestal. You know, most of my teammates and you people here think more of me than I do my own self. And you are, indeed, greater than I am because you think so much of me. And I just want to thank everyone here, and I want to thank God, most of all, for having this opportunity to be here and represent. Thank you.

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