Shaun Alexander to be Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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By Bill Boehlke

ShaunAlexander1023Congratulations to Shaun Alexander, who will be part of the Class of 2011 to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The 2011 induction banquet will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 21.

Born August 30, 1977 in Florence, Kentucky, Alexander played collegiately at the University of Alabama. He was given a good chance by the experts to secure the Heisman Trophy, but the prospect vanished when he sustained a sprained ankle against arch rival Tennessee. He still played a major role in leading the Tide to the 1999 Southeastern Conference Championship with a game winning 25-yard touchdown run against number-three rated Florida.

Alexander was an All-American and a consensus All-SEC in 1999, and he was named the SEC Player of Year in 1999. After three impressive seasons he decided to stay for his senior year rather than opting out for the NFL. Following his senior year, he was the holder of three SEC and 15 Alabama rushing records, and he also earned Academic All-SEC honors in 1999.

Alexander was drafted by the Seahawks as the 19th overall pick of the 2000 draft. The Seahawks acquired the pick in the draft following a trade that sent wide receiver Joey Galloway to the Dallas Cowboys. He played with the Seahawks through the 2007 season, was released and then signed by the Washington Redskins for the 2008 season.

In his NFL career, Alexander amassed 9,453 yards on 2,187 carries for a 4.3 per carry average. He scored an even 100 rushing touchdowns and added another 12 as a receiver. He also totaled 1,520 receiving yards on 215 catches for a 7.1 average.