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BOSTON (AHSAA) - Football great Ozzie Newsome was one of 12
individuals inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame on Wednesday
night at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston to close out the 95th annual
NFHS Summer Meeting.
Newsome, who was a three-sport standout at
Colbert County High School in Leighton graduating in 1974, was the fourth
inductee from the AHSAA's ranks in the last four years. St. Paul's Episcopal
School track coach Jim Tate was inducted in 2013, former Heisman Trophy
winner Pat Sullivan was inducted as an athlete in 2012 and former AHSAA
Executive Director Dan Washburn as an administrator in 2011.
Newsome's induction brings the
number of Alabamians inducted to 11. Others enshrined include former AHSAA
Executive Directors Herman L. " Bubba" Scott and Cliff Harper;
contest officials Dan Gaylord and Sam Short; athlete Bart Starr; and coaches Glenn Daniel and Mickey "Guy" O'Brien.
"We are happy for Ozzie Newsome and
extremely proud of his many accomplishments," said AHSAA Executive
Director Steve Savarese. "He has been an outstanding athlete and an
outstanding individual at every step of his legendary career. He is the prime
example of the kind of individual we aspire for our student-athletes to be.
"Ozzie is a gentleman who represents all the
good things high school sports are about. He has given back so much in his
adult life through his character, leadership and service to mankind."
Newsome helped Colbert County to state championships in football and basketball
in 1972 and to the state finals in baseball in 1973. He earned All-America and
All-State honors as a receiver and defensive standout for the Indians in
football, helping Colbert County go undefeated (13-0) in 1972.
was a member of the 1972 Indians basketball team that also won the Class 3A
state title and was a catcher on the baseball team that reached the finals in
1973 and the semifinals in 1974. Newsome was an All-State basketball selection
in 1973 and played in the 1974 North-South All-Star Game.
"This is an honor I will always cherish,"
Newsome said. "I have been so fortunate to have so many strong influences in my
life, especially my coaches and teachers. My friends in high school have been
friends for life."
After four outstanding years at the University
of Alabama, the collegiate All-American became one of the greatest tight ends
in NFL history during his 13-year career with the Cleveland Browns. He has been
in the Ravens front office since 1996 and was inducted into the Pro Football
Hall of Fame in 1999.
was named the nation's greatest high school tight end of all time in one
national poll, selected the top tight end in collegiate history in another poll
and is still the measurement most pro scouts use in judging future NFL tight
was inducted into the National Football Foundation Collegiate Hall of Fame in
1994, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and was also inducted into the
Little League National Hall of Fame.
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