The Auburn Tigers have had some pretty electric running backs in their 117 seasons on the gridiron. Bo Jackson is the ultimate Auburn legend and that will never change, and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams scored more rushing touchdowns than anyone in school history.
The one running back too often overlooked in Auburn history is Ronnie Brown. Brown started less than half of his collegiate games when he played from 2000-04 and yet still finished his NCAA career 2,707 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. That’s good enough for ninth on Auburn’s all-time career rushing leaderboard.
Brown, who was drafted second overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins and spent 10 years in the league, is already an SEC Football Legend. Now, he’s being inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham.
Brown headlines a list of eight new inductions to the ASHOF. The class of 2020 chosen by the board of directors of the state of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame includes:
- Sylvester Croom, former Crimson Tide linebacker and first ever African-American head coach at Mississippi State before coaching for the St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Doug Kennedy, Paralympian and record-setting wheelchair racer
- Q.V. Lowe, former Auburn baseball player and longtime Auburn-Montgomery baseball coach
- Woody McCorvey, former Alabama State quarterback and football coach who coached at Alabama, Alabama A&M, Clemson, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee and now serves under Clemson coach Dabo Swinney
- Jorge Posada, baseball star and four-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees
- Duane Reboul, longtime Birmingham-Southern basketball coach
- Steve Shaw, Southeastern Conference football official who began officiating at high school level
The ASHOF’s website says its mission is “to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names, deeds and records of those, living and dead, who by achievement or service, have brought lasting fame and honor to the State of Alabama and to themselves through their outstanding accomplishments.”
Last year’s inductees included Bill Burgess, Tommie Agee, Willie Davenport, Luis Gonzalez, Bud Moore, Antonio Langham, Cat Reddick Whitehill and Steve Savarese.
Notable Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Members
Brown is now one of the 369 sports figures that make up the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. They include icons like Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays and Carl Lewis.
Brown will become just one of many college football players that has been inducted into the hall. He joins Joe Namath, Bo Jackson, Bart Starr and plenty more.
Inducted college coaches include Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Charley Pell and legendary University of Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who won six national championships and numerous bowl games in Tuscaloosa during his coaching career. You can see a full list of the inductees here.