Former ‘Bama Star Horry honored for collegiate career

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Robert Horry is known for being one of the greatest clutch performers in NBA history.

He earned that legacy as an integral part of winning 7 NBA championships with 3 different teams in a decorated 16-year professional career.

What is less commonly associated with the Andalusia native is the fact that he enjoyed a standout career at the University of Alabama in the early 90's.

Horry helped lead the Crimson Tide to three SEC tournament titles and two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances during his time at the Capstone.

Last week, he was honored as a legend of the Southeastern Conference at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

"It is very exciting to step out there on the court in a college atmosphere," Horry said.  "It felt really good.  The fans in college and the fans in the NBA are totally different. The fans are a lot more exuberant in college.  It was a great feeling step out on the court and say thank you to the fans for the love and support."

Perhaps fittingly, Horry was honored at halftime of the Alabama-Georgia contest when his alma mater was facing a big deficit.

Known for being cool under the most pressure-packed circumstances, Horry exuded a calm sense of pride after the Crimson Tide pulled out a thrilling 65-59 overtime victory over the Bulldogs.

"I was anxious to go on the sideline and grab a couple of the guys by their collars and tell them to get their heads in the game and go get a win," Horry said.  "Those guys played well and it was a miraculous comeback."

Although the Tide failed to advance to the NCAA tournament, Horry has paid close attention to the strides made by the Crimson Tide program under second-year head coach Anthony Grant.

Grant appears to have Alabama's basketball program on the verge of being a perennial contender in the SEC after winning the SEC Western Division regular season title this season.

"For me im ecstatic," Horry said.  "Hopefully we can consistently get back in the NCAA tournament.  At one point, they went to the elite 8, and then they started falling off.  All of the old guys are sitting around saying there's too much talent in Alabama, too much history and tradition there not be a consistently good team and raise the talent level to what it used to be."

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