Alabama greats Shaun Alexander, Sylvester Croom on 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot
Sylvester Croom, who went from Tuscaloosa High School to become one of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s great offensive linemen, and record-setting running back Shaun Alexander were included on the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released Wednesday by the National Football Foundation.
Alexander, who came to Alabama after a record-setting high school career in Florence, Kentucky, was a 1999 first-team All-American and SEC Player of the Year. He finished his Alabama career with the most rushing yards (3,565) and rushing TDs (41) in school history although those records have been subsequently eclipsed. He led the SEC in rushing (1,383), scoring (144 points) and TDs (24) as a senior and went on to a stellar pro career that included the 2005 NFL Most Valuable Player award.
Croom was a 1974 first-team All-American who helped the Crimson Tide to the UPI national title in 1973 and three consecutive SEC titles en route to earning the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 1974. He played in the 1975 Senior Bowl and only lost one regular-season game during his college career. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.
Also on this year’s ballot is Gordo native and long-time Troy State coach Larry Blakeney, the all-time winningest coach in Sun Belt Conference history.
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