Three Auburn Athletes To Be Inducted Into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Three former outstanding Auburn athletes will be honored in 2017 as members of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Takeo Spikes (above, left) is part of the 2017 group to be honored.

Birmingham, Ala.--Three former Auburn athletes, two football players and a basketball player, will be inducted into the 2017 class for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Linebacker Takeo Spikes and running back Carnell Williams will be honored along with Auburn basketball guard Lee Defore.

Photo by Jason Caldwell

Carnell Williams (2nd from left) is shown with Carlos Rogers (at left) and left to right from Williams are other former AU football players Bret Eddins, Ronnie Brown and Jason Campbell.

That trio plus five others with honored at the 49th Induction Banquet and Ceremony that will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 13.

The following are the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s biographical information on the former Tigers:

Lee Defore, Basketball--Born June 3, 1943 in Atlanta, Ga. He played collegiately at Auburn and was a three year letterman on the basketball team and was team captain his senior year. He left Auburn as the school's all-time scoring leader and currently ranks 12th on Auburn’s all-time scoring list with 1,386 points. He was Auburn’s first 1,000 point scorer. He was an All-American by the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1965-66. He currently ranks 5th on Auburn’s all-time scoring average with 19.0 points. He was eighth in free throws made and 6th in single-season free throw percentage (.853). He is fifth in single-season free throws made (133). He is seventh in single-season free throws attempted (516). He tied for 8th in single-season field goals made (241). He was 9th in single-season points (615). He led the SEC in scoring as a senior with a 23.7 average, set nine Auburn scoring records and scored over 30 points seven different times, and led the team in scoring in 21 of 26 games. He was drafted by the New York Nicks in the fourth round.

Takeo Spikes, Football--Born December 17, 1976 in Augusta, Ga. He played collegiately for Auburn University. He help lead the Tigers to the SEC Western Division Championship in 1997. He led the team in tackles with 136 that year. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals 13 overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro selection. He also played for four other NFL teams (Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and San Diego Chargers). There was only one time he finished a season with less than 70 tackles. He was the team captain 13 out of his 15 seasons of playing. He became only the seventh inside linebacker to ever start in more than 200 games. 

Carnell Williams, Football--Born April 21, 1982 in Gadsden, AL. He played collegiately at Auburn University. He was an All-American and All-SEC running back and All-SEC return specialist for the Tigers and helped to lead them to the 2004 SEC Championship and Sugar Bowl victory his senior year. He led Auburn in rushing three of his four years. His senior year he finished with 1,718 all-purpose yards, third best in Auburn history. He broke the all-time Auburn career records in two categories most rushing attempts (741) and most touchdowns (45). He was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year (2004). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2004 NFL Draft and was the 5th overall pick. He was the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of Year (2005). He played 5 seasons with the Bucs and then one season with the Rams before retiring 

The other inductees are former University of Alabama staff members Ken Donahue (coach) and Jim Goostree (trainer, administrator), former Alabama football player Kevin Turner, Jeff Herrod (NFL?player) and Todd Jones (Major League Baseball player).

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