Former Tiders In Hall Of Fame

Three former Alabama football players and one former Alabama basketball player are included in the eight new inductees into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. A total of 290 have now been chosen for the ASHOF.

Former Alabama football players are tight end Howard Cross and defensive back Bobby Johns in the modern category. Ed Salem was selected in the Old Timers category.

Former Crimson Tide basketball star Robert Horry was also in the modern category.

Others announced are former handful champion Reita Clanton and football playhers Ronald McKinnon (North Alabama) and Ben Tamburello (Auburn) in the modern category and former Negro League baseball star George "Mule" Suttles.

The late Rick Woodward, who owned the Birmingham Barons and Rickwood Field, will be honored as a Distinguished Sportsman.

Here is a brief look at the former Crimson Tide players selected:

HOWARD CROSS (FOOTBALL) – Born August 8, 1967 in Huntsville, AL. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama under both Ray Perkins and Bill Curry. He was All-SEC his junior year. His senior year he received the Jacobs Award as the best blocker in the SEC. He had 41 career receptions for 459 years and 4 touchdowns. He played in the Senior Bowl before begin drafted by the New York Giants in 1989. In just his second year, he won a Super Bowl ring; and played in another Super Bowl in 2000. Although he was known for his blocking expertise, he finished his 13 year career in 2001 with 201 receptions for 2,194 yards and 17 touchdowns. Retiring in 2001, he played in 207 games, which is a Giants franchise record.

ROBERT HORRY (BASKETBALL) – Born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland. He grew up in Andalusia, AL. His senior year in High School won the Naismith Alabama High School Player of the Year award. He played collegiate at the University of Alabama , where he established a school record for career blocked shots (282). He was selected ALL-SEC, the SEC All-Defensive Team and the SEC All-Academic Teams. He was drafted in the first round of the NBA in 1992 eleven overall pick by the Houston Rockets. He won seven NBA Championships with three different teams (two with Houston Rockets, three with Los Angeles Lakers and two with San Antonio Spurs). He is one of only three players to win consecutive NBA Championships with two different teams. He is one of two players to win NBA Championships with three different teams. He is the all-time leader in playoff games played. He is second on the all-time list of three-pointers made in the playoffs. He also holds the record for three-pointers all-time in the NBA Finals with 53. He holds the NBA Playoffs record for most three-point field goals made in a game without a miss (seven).

BOBBY JOHNS (FOOTBALL) - Born in Birmingham, AL. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama . He was a two-time All-American at defensive back (1966 & '67). He was a three-time All-SEC (1965, '66, & '67). He was co-captain his senior year (‘67). He was named to the Team of the Decade for the 60's. The Most Improved Defensive back Spring Award is named for him. For over 30 years he was an assistant coach at universities such as South Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee at Chattanooga, Florida State, and Valdosta State. From 1997-2000 was the head football coach at the University of West Alabama.

ED SALEM (FOOTBALL) – Born in Birmingham, AL . He played collegiately at the University of Alabama . He was first team A.P. All-American in 1950. He led Alabama in passing, rushing, scoring and pass intercepted (as he also played defensive end). He presently ranks 13 in touchdown passes in a season at Alabama . He ranks 9th in career touchdown passes with 23. He is tied for third in touchdown passes in a game. He is tied for the longest touchdown pass (77 yards vs. Tulane in '50). He led the team in scoring in 1948 and '49. In the 1948 revival of the Iron Bowl he threw three touchdown passes, ran one in and kicked 7 PAT's in Bama's 55-0 victory. He was drafted in the second round by the Washington Redskins in 1951. He played one season with the Redskins, intercepting five passes and then signed to play with the Montreal Allouettes of the Canadian Football League. He played both offense and defense and handled kicking field goals. In one game he kicked a 53 yard field goal to win the game. He passed away on December 21, 2001 in Birmingham .

The 2010 Induction Banquet will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 22, 2010. Reception and banquet tickets will be available at a later date. For additional information, please contact Scott Myers, Executive Director, P.O. Box 10163, Birmingham, Alabama 35203; or call (205) 323-6665.

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