ASHOF Nominees Being Taken

Birmingham, Ala.--Fans living in the state of Alabama who are interested in supporting an athlete for induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame have until June 1 to nominate their candidate.

Nominees received prior to that date will be considered for the 2006 class.

"Any citizen in the state of Alabama has the privilege of nominating a person, living or dead, who in their opinion has by his or her athletic or sports exploits brought fame and glory to the state of Alabama," says Bill Legg, Executive Director of the hall of fame.

The 2005 class that includes eight new members features four with Auburn connections. That group includes former football players Billy Atkins and Tracy Rocker, former Tiger basketball player Chuck Person and former AU football and basketball announcer, Jim Fyffe.

Jim Fyffe

Rocker, a star defensive tackle for Auburn who is a defensive line coach at Arkansas, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

Person, an assistant coach with the NBA's Indianapolis Pacers, is the leading scorer in Auburn basketball history.

Fyffe, a very popular play by play man for the Tigers who was also known for his work in other venues, died in spring 2003

Atkins, a star on the 1957 Auburn national championship football team, had a standout career in pro football and coached Troy State to the 1968 NAIA national championship in football. He died in 1991.

There are two categories of inductees into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. To be eligible for the modern category an individual must be retired one year or age 40. If an individual performed more than 40 years ago or is 70 years old then they are considered an old timer. Presently there are 280 athletes who have been nominated for the hall of game who are not members.

The letter of nomination should contain detailed biographical and statistical information on that person's career, and, if possible, a picture should be included. Once nominated, that person remains in nomination each year until removed from the list of nominees for some valid reason or until selected for induction.

Letters of nominatin should be sent to ASHOF Executive Director Bill Legg at P.O. Box 10163, Birmingham, AL 35203. To be considered for the 2006 inductee class, the nomination should be mailed prior to June 1.

Others entering the hall of fame in June include former NFL football players Robert Brazile and Jeremiah Castille, former Jacksonville State University baseball coach Rudy Abbott and sportswriter Bob Phillips.

A list of current members is on the link:

Hall of Famers

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