Stallings' Campus Event Is At A&M
Gene Stallings was selected for the honor as a coach, and his finest coaching job was at Alabama. Stallings, though, will be honored at his alma mater, Texas A&M, where he also served a stint as head coach. He and former Aggies defensive lineman Ray Childress will be honored with the NFF Hall Of Fame On-Campus Salute on October 30 when the Aggies host Texas Tech.
On May 27, the NFF announced that Childress and Stallings will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as members of the 2010 class. Throughout the season, each Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) College Football Hall of Fame inductee returns to his school for the special on-field event, where a commemorative plaque is presented to the university for permanent display. Beginning with the NFF's inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1951, the On-Campus Salute has served as the first of numerous highlights in the hall of fame experience, giving each inductee one more chance to take the field.
Stallings was a member of College Football Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear "Bryant's legendary "Junction Boys" as a player at Texas A&M in the mid-1950s. He was an assistant coach at Alabama when Bryant took over at The Capstone in 1958. Stallings returned to his alma mater in 1965 as head coach. In his third season, the Aggies captured the Southwest Conference title and defeated Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.
He left College Station in 1971, and after spending the next 17 seasons as an NFL coach,
Stallings took over as the Alabama head coach from 1990 to 1996. Following back-to-back bowl appearances in his first two seasons, Stallings led the Tide to the 1992 National Championship, posting a 13-0 season record as part of a 28-game winning streak. Stallings coached 13 First Team All-Americans during his head coaching career and amassed an 89-70-1 record as a collegiate head coach. He won 70 games in his seven years at Bama.
Since his retirement from football, Stallings has served on President George W. Bush's Commission on Intellectual Disability and wrote a book about his late son, John Mark, who was born with Downs Syndrome. In 2005, he was appointed to the Texas A&M Board of Regents by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Stallings has been inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas A&M Hall of Fame, Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. He and his wife Ruth Ann reside in Powderly, Texas, and have five children.
"The very bottom line is that I hope every player that ever played for me feels like they had a little something to do with me getting in there," Stallings said at the time of the May announcement. "The real joy in coaching was seeing the players graduate. Something that stood above other things for me was the success of the player in whatever it was they did with their lives. Winning games is important, everybody knows that, but seeing the success of the player was the real joy of it all for me."
Childress played for the Aggies 1981-84 and was captain as a senior for Coach Jackie Sherrill's team. Sherrill is a former Tide player.
The 2010 Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City's historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, December 7.
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