Chris Gray to be Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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ChrisGray150_0218Congratulations to Seahawks alumni Chris Gray, who will be one of eight new members of the 47th Class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 16, in the Birmingham Ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

Gray attended Auburn University, playing with the Tigers for four years while studying marketing. He played both tackle and tight end in his first two years, and his second two years saw him start every game playing left tackle.

He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, where he would play through the 1996 season. He then spent the 1997 season with the Chicago Bears before joining the Seahawks in 1998.

ChrisGray275_0218He was primarily a guard with the Seahawks, but he also played every position on the offensive line; and he was an integral part of the team’s five consecutive playoff appearances from 2003 to 2007, including Super Bowl XL.

During the 2005 season, Gray broke the team record for most consecutive starts in regular season games. The run ended in 2006 at 121 games. His record would have been longer if not for a thigh injury that kept him out of the final game of the season. It still remains the franchise record for consecutive starts. He’s also 9th in total games with the Seahawks with 145 played.

He retired from the NFL in 2008.

Gray lives in Alabama with his wife Julie, daughter Grace and son Matthew.

Individuals can be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame if they are born in Alabama or excel in sports located in the state.

The other inductees  are:

  • Jay Barker (quarterbacked the Crimson Tide to the 1992 national title)
  • Evander Holyfield (former undisputed world champion in both cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing divisions)
  • Bobby Hunt (defensive back for Auburn and played for the AFL’s Dallas Texans in 1962 and the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Derrick McKey (Univ. of Alabama basketball 1984-87; 1987 first-round draft pick for the Seattle SuperSonics – played with the Sonics from 1987-1993)
  • Tommy Neville (a first team All-SEC football player in 1963 and 1964 and played 15 years in the NFL)
  • Tony Richardson (played for Auburn and in the NFL for 15 years)
  • Ennis Whatley (played at Alabama and 10 years in the NBA).

They bring the total of Hall of Fame members to 329.

ASHOF_150_0218Over the last thirty-five years, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame has become the benchmark for other sports museums across the country, with over 5,000 sports artifacts elegantly displayed in the 33,000 square foot building. Out of ESPN’s list of the top 100 athletes of the century, five out of the top fifteen greatest ever are in the ASHOF: Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, and Carl Lewis.