Birmingham, Alabama (WIAT) — For 54 consecutive years, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new classes of athletes.
This year’s class includes the following athletes:
Philip Rivers- Decatur’s natives returned to Alabama after a long NFL career to coach St. Michael’s Catholic High School in Fairhope. Rivers made nine Pro Bowls and won the 2013 NFL Comeback Player of the Year before retiring in 2021. The previous fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft had a renowned career leading the NC State Wolfpack from 2000 to 2003. He was awarded the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2000 and was named the ACC Athletes of the Year in 2004.
Justin Tuck- Born in Keriton, Tuck was immediately better at soccer games like the Rivers. He attended the University of Notre Dame and holds school records, including most career sack (24.5), despite dealing with ACL damage in his senior season. Tuck is a two-time Super Bowl champion after winning the New York Giants in 2007 and 2011. He was also enshrined in the Giants’ Ring of Honor in 2016.
Jake Peavy- Peavy was drafted directly from the mobile St. Paul’s Episcopal School by San Diego Padres in 1999. He declined Auburn’s offer to sell in order to accept the offer of contract from the Padres. Peavy made his major league debut in 2002, leading the league with the 2007 NL Cy Young Awards and strikeouts, and leading the entire MLB at ERA. He played for the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox and retired in 2016. Peavy won two World Series in the Red Sox and Giants in 2013 and 2014.
Doyle Alexander- Another baseball star, Alexander, spent 19 years in the Major League Baseball playing in the Dodgers, Orioles, Yankees, Rangers, Braves, Giants, Blue Jays, and Tigers. Cordoba natives were first drafted by the Dodgers in 1968. In 1976, he helped the Yankees join the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds and started Game 1. He finished his career with a record of 194-174, 3.76 ERA and 1,528. Strike out.
William Andrews- The Auburn Tigers star, who ran back from 1976 to 1978, collected more than 1,000 yards of rush before being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1979 draft. He played in Atlanta for eight seasons and created multiple All-Pro teams. He rushed 167 yards in his first match on his way to the All-Rookie Honor. In 1983, Andrews led the NFL to win 2,036 cars in addition to 12 touchdowns. At the time of his retirement, he was the 24th greatest rusher in NFL history.
Keith Askins- Askins, the first and only basketball player in this year’s class, played at the University of Alabama from 1986 to 1990, won three SEC tournament championships, and reached Sweet Sixteen twice. A player from Athens eventually signed to play professional basketball for nine seasons at the Miami Heat and was the team’s captain when he retired from 1995 to 1999. He joined the coaching staff in Miami to help Heat win the three NBA Championships. Askins is currently the director of the organization’s college and professional scouting.
Rusty Greer- Glia, a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, has spent 15 years in the organization since 1990, when it was drafted by the University of Montevallo. Fort Rucker’s native made his MLB debut in 1994 and hit a home run in his second at-bat. He finished his professional career with 119 home runs and an average batting average of .305.
Patrick Murphy- Since arriving in Tuscaloosa in 1996, Murphy has only won. He took the Crimson Tide softball team to the College World Series in 2000 and led the team to their first national championship in 2012. It was also the first national title in history by the SEC team. Alabama hosts an annual NCAA tournament, led by Murphy, who took the team to the 13 College World Series. He has also been awarded the SEC Coach of the Year five times.
The group was elected based on a state-wide election commission, and the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers aggregated the votes.
The inauguration ceremony will be held on May 7, 2022 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
https://www.wkrg.com/news/philip-rivers-patrick-murphy-6-others-to-be-inducted-into-the-alabama-sports-hall-of-fame/ Philip Rivers, Patrick Murphy and 6 others inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame