Stallings, Montgomery man headed for College Hall

Posted by Tom Ensey -  email

Former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings and a local man are among 14 who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Stallings coached seven years at Bama, averaged 10 wins a season and led the Crimson Tide to the 1992 national championship.

Chet Moeller, who has lived in Montgomery for 30 years, will also go into the Hall with Stallings – Moeller played defensive back for Navy from 1973-75.

Since his retirement from football, Stallings has served on several boards including former President George W. Bush's Commission on Intellectual Disability.  Stallings has been inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas A&M Hall of Fame, the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.  He also received an honorary doctorate degree from Harding University.

Stallings co-wrote the book Another Season: A Coach's Story of Raising an Exceptional Son with Associated Press journalist Sally Cook, which described his love for his son, John Mark Stallings, who was born with Down syndrome. John Mark, also known as "Johnny," died on August 2, 2008.

In 2000, Coach Stallings was awarded Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University.  He was awarded the Legends Award from the All Sports Association in Dallas in 2001. Stallings has also received many humanitarian awards, including the Arthritis Humanitarian Award of Alabama, National Boys Club Alumni of the Year, Dallas Father of the Year, Humanitarian Award of the Lion's Club of Alabama, and Paris Boys Club Wall of Honor.

Stallings was appointed to the Texas A&M University Board of Regents by Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2005.  He serves as a member of the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Buildings and Physical Plant and the Committee on Campus Art and Aesthetic Improvement.  He also serves as the Board's special athletic liaison to the A&M System Members.  His term expires February 1, 2011.

Stallings and former Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez were the two coaches named to join the list of 12 former players who will also be inducted.  The players to be enshrined in 2011 are Dennis Byrd of North Carolina State (1964-67), Ronnie Caveness of Arkansas (1962-64), Ray Childress of Texas A&M (1981-84), Randy Cross of UCLA (1973-75), Sam Cunningham of USC (1970-72), Mark Herrmann of Purdue (1977-80), Clarkston Hines of Duke (1986-89), Desmond Howard of Michigan (1989-91), Chet Moeller of Navy (1973-75), Jerry Stovall of LSU (1960-62), Pat Tillman of Arizona State (1994-97), and Alfred Williams of Colorado (1987-90).

The induction of the Class of 2010 will be Dec. 7 in New York.

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