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The following is a
list of notable people associated with the , located in the American city of University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Notable alumni [ edit ]
Art and humanities [ edit ]
Mark Childress, author ( Crazy in Alabama)
William Christenberry, artist
Borden Deal, novelist and short story writer
Blanche Evans Dean, conservationist, naturalist and schoolteacher
Tim Earley, poet
Winston Groom, author ( Forrest Gump)
Jim Hilgartner, author
Tanner Latham, writer and podcaster
Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of (attended, but did not graduate) To Kill a Mockingbird
Dale Kennington, artist
Gay Talese, author and journalist
Ray Reach, jazz musician and Director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Michelle Richmond, author
K. Lee Scott, choral composer and conductor
Kathryn Stockett, author of 2009 novel The Help
William Y. Thompson, historian
Ann Waldron (1924-2010), author [1 ]
Athletics [ edit ]
Professional basketball [ edit ]
Active NBA players [ edit ]
Retired NBA players [ edit ]
Jason Caffey, Chicago Bulls, 20th pick overall, 1995
Leon Douglas, Detroit Pistons, 4th pick overall, 1976
T.R. Dunn, Portland Trail Blazers, 2nd round, 1977
Robert Horry, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, 11th pick overall, 1992
Buck Johnson, Houston Rockets, 20th pick overall, 1986
Reggie King, Kansas City Kings, 18th pick overall, 1979
Antonio McDyess, Denver Nuggets, 2nd pick overall, 1995 [2 ]
Derrick McKey, Seattle SuperSonics, 9th pick overall, 1987
Eddie Phillips, New Jersey Nets, 21st pick overall, 1982
James Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers, 21st pick overall, 1993
Roy Rogers, Vancouver Grizzlies, 22nd pick overall, 1996
Latrell Sprewell, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, 24th pick overall, 1992
Ennis Whatley, Kansas City Kings, 13th pick overall, 1983
Active WNBA players [ edit ]
Basketball coaches [ edit ]
Active NFL players [ edit ]
Mark Anderson, Houston Texans
Anthony Bryant, Free Agent
Antoine Caldwell, Houston Texans
Simeon Castille, San Diego Chargers
Tim Castille, Kansas City Chiefs
Brodie Croyle, Indianapolis Colts
Kenneth Darby, St. Louis Rams
Wallace Gilberry, Kansas City Chiefs
Bobby Greenwood, Kansas City Chiefs
Cornelius Griffin, Washington Redskins
Roman Harper, New Orleans Saints
Jarret Johnson, Baltimore Ravens
Rashad Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Anthony Madison, Pittsburgh Steelers
Evan Mathis, Philadelphia Eagles
Le'Ron McClain, Kansas City Chiefs
Antwan Odom, Cincinnati Bengals
Charlie Peprah, Green Bay Packers
DeMeco Ryans, 2006 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Smiley, Miami Dolphins
Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals
Deshea Townsend, Indianapolis Colts
John Parker Wilson, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars
Rolando McClain, Oakland Raiders
Kareem Jackson, Houston Texans
Javier Arenas, Kansas City Chiefs
Terrence Cody, Baltimore Ravens
Mike Johnson, Atlanta Falcons
Marquis Johnson, St. Louis Rams
Brandon Deaderick, New England Patriots
Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
James Carpenter, Seattle Seahawks
Mark Ingram, 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, New Orleans Saints
Greg McElroy, New York Jets
Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
Mark Barron, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals
Dont'a Hightower, New England Patriots
Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens
Josh Chapman, Indianapolis Colts
DeQuan Menzie, Kansas City Chiefs
Brad Smelley, Cleveland Browns
Retired NFL players [ edit ]
Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins, 2005 NFL MVP
Bob Baumhower, Miami Dolphins
Cornelius Bennett, Buffalo Bills
Thomas Boyd, Detroit Lions
Wesley Britt, New England Patriots
Paul Ott Carruth, Green Bay Packers
Jeremiah Castille, Denver Broncos
Glen Coffee, San Francisco 49ers
John Copeland, Cincinnati Bengals
Howard Cross, New York Giants
Bob Cryder, New England Patriots
Eric Curry, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Goode, Indianapolis Colts
Lemanski Hall, Houston Oilers
Jon Hand, Indianapolis Colts
Charley Hannah, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
John Hannah, New England Patriots
Patrick Hape, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos
Bobby Humphrey, Denver Broncos
Scott Hunter - NFL Player [3 ]
Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers
Wilbur Jackson, San Francisco 49ers
Joey Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Lee Roy Jordan, Dallas Cowboys
E. J. Junior, St Louis Cardinals
Emanuel King, Cincinnati Bengals
B'Ho Kirkland, Brooklyn Dodgers (NFL)
Barry Krauss, Indianapolis Colts
Antonio Langham, Cleveland Browns
Larry Lauer, Green Bay Packers
Antonio London, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers [4 ]
Marty Lyons, New York Jets
John Mangum, Chicago Bears
Keith McCants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Don McNeal, Miami Dolphins)
Chris Mohr, Buffalo Bills
Russ Mosley, Green Bay Packers
Michael Myers, Denver Broncos
Joe Namath, New York Jets
Billy Neighbors, Boston Patriots
Ozzie Newsome, Cleveland Browns, current GM of football operations for the Baltimore Ravens
David Palmer, Minnesota Vikings
Ray Perkins, Baltimore Colts
Mike Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
Dwayne Rudd, Minnesota Vikings
Jeff Rutledge New York Giants
Chris Samuels, Washington Redskins
Sam Shade, Cincinnati Bengals
Ken Stabler, Oakland Raiders
Siran Stacy Philadelphia Eagles
Bart Starr, two-time Super Bowl MVP for the Green Bay Packers
Rebel Steiner, Green Bay Packers
Dwight Stephenson, Miami Dolphins
George Teague, Green Bay Packers
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
Richard Todd, New York Jets
Kevin Turner, New England Patriots
NFL Hall of Fame [ edit ]
Other sports [ edit ]
Kelly Kretschman, USA Olympic softball player from 2004-2008 Jaclyn Traina, USA Olympic softball player selected for the 2014 season
. Haylie McCleney, USA Olympic softball player selected for the 2014 season
Mel Allen, legendary voice of the New York Yankees organization and first host of This Week in Baseball
Lance Cormier, currently with the Baltimore Orioles. Also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves.
Butch Hobson, a former Alabama football player, served as a third baseman and manager in MLB for the Boston Red Sox.
Frank Lary, major league pitcher, most notably for the Detroit Tigers. Selected to the 1960 and 1961 All-Star Team. Awarded Gold Glove Award in 1961.
Dave Magadan, most notably with the New York Mets. Now the hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox.
Frank Menechino, infielder for the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays for seven total seasons.
Dustan Mohr, outfielder for the Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants
Del Pratt, played most of his career as a utility player for the St. Louis Browns.
David Robertson, currently a relief pitcher with the New York Yankees.
Luke Sewell, younger brother of Joe Sewell. Played 21 seasons as a catcher in the major leagues, mostly with the Cleveland Indians. Also managed 11 seasons for the St. Louis Browns and the Cincinnati Reds.
Joe Sewell, most notably with the Cleveland Indians. Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Craig Shipley, Australian-born baseball player. Played on various teams, most notably the San Diego Padres, from 1986 to 1998. Finished with a career batting average of .271.
Fred Sington, Ala 1929-30 All Am football tackle, 1955 Football Hall of Fame, Brooklyn Dodgers sington
Riggs Stephenson, left fielder for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.
Al Worthington, nicknamed "Red." Pitcher with several teams from 1953 to 1969, most notably with the Minnesota Twins. Considered the Twins' first great closer.
Andy Phillips, first baseman in Pittsburgh Pirates' organization.
Emeel Salem, center fielder in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
Football - college coaching
Dabo Swinney ('93), Head Coach - Clemson University
Mike Shula ('87) Former Head Coach - Alabama Crimson Tide
Jackie Sherrill ('65), head coach, Wash State 1976, Univ of Pittsburgh 77-81, Texas A&M 82-88, Miss State 1995-2003, Bama player 1962-65 (running back)
Bill Battle ('62), head coach, Univ of Tenn 1970-76, Bama end 1961-62
Steve Sloan ('65), head coach, Vanderbilt Univ 73-74, Texas Tech 75-77, Ole Miss 78-82, Duke 83-86, Bama quarterback 1965 (nat'l champs)
Neil Callaway ('78), Head Coach - UAB Blazers football
David Cutcliffe ('76), Head Coach - Duke football
Bobby Bowden ('48), Former Head Coach - Florida State Seminoles
Sylvester Croom ('75), Former Head Coach - Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mike Riley ('74), Head Coach - Oregon State Beavers football
Danny Ford ('70 and '71), Former Head Coach - Clemson University
Ray Perkins ('66), Former head coach - Alabama Crimson Tide
Charley Pell ('64), Former Head Coach - Clemson University
Hootie Ingram ('55), Former Head Coach - Clemson University
Paul "Bear" Bryant ('36), Head Coach Alabama Crimson Tide Texas A&M Aggies Maryland Terrapins Kentucky Wildcats
Frank Howard, ('30) Former Head Coach - Clemson University
Football - NFL coaching
Swimming & diving
Track & field
Pauline Davis-Thompson, Bahamian Olympian ( 1996 Atlanta & 2000 Sydney). Gold Medalist - 4x100 Meter Relay; Gold Medalist - 200 Meter Dash (Sydney) & 4x400 Meter Relay (Atlanta).
Lillie Leatherwood, United States Olympian ( 1984 Los Angeles & 1988 Seoul). Gold (Los Angeles) & Silver (Seoul) Medalist - 4x400 Meter Relay.
Liz McColgan, British & Scottish Olympian ( 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona & 1996 Atlanta). Silver Medalist - 10,000 Meter Run (Seoul).
Emmit King, 1983 NCAA 100m champion. Bronze medal in the 100m at the 1983 World Championships.
Calvin Smith, Former world record holder, 100m.
Jan Johnson, United States Olympian ( 1972 Munich Olympics). Bronze Medalist - Pole Vault
Kirani James, Grenadian Olympian ( 2012 London) 400m Gold Medalist
Business [ edit ]
Winton M. Blount, Chairman of Blount International and former Postmaster General
David G. Bronner, Director Alabama Pension Systems
Samuel DiPiazza, former Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers
James M. Fail, chairman of Bluebonnet Savings Bank
Joe McInnes, Dir - Ala Dept of Transportation; Exec Vice President-Blount International
Janet Gurwitch, former Executive Vice President of Merchandising at Neiman Marcus, co-founder of Gurwitch Products, the manufacturer of Laura Mercier Cosmetics
Patrice Oppliger, Assistant Professor of Communication, Boston University College of Communication
Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources
Entertainment [ edit ]
Norbert Leo Butz, Broadway actor
Debra Marshall, former WWE and WCW diva
Cristin Duren, Miss Florida USA 2006
Jim Nabors, actor
Ray Reach, jazz pianist, singer, arranger and composer, director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Steve Sample, Sr., jazz arranger, composer and educator
Sela Ward, actress
Tom Cherones, director of Seinfeld
Ashley Crow, actress
Madeline Mitchell, Miss Alabama USA 2011 and Miss USA 2011 (2nd runner-up)
Michael Emerson, actor
Sonequa Martin-Green, actress
Politics and government [ edit ]
Maryon P. Allen, United States Senator from Alabama (1978), wife of James B. Allen [5 ]
James B. Allen, United States Senator from Alabama (1969-1978) [6 ]
John W. Abercrombie, United States Congressman from Alabama (1913-1917) and President of the University of Alabama (1902-1911) [7 ]
William Brockman Bankhead, US House of Representatives (1917-1933), (1933-1940), Speaker of the House (1936-1940) * [8 ] Cynthia Bathurst, 1974, animal rights activist and founder/director of Safe Humane Chicago
Bill Baxley, Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1983–1987
Ann Bedsole, first Republican woman to serve in the Alabama House of Representatives (1979-1983) and first woman to serve in the Alabama State Senate (1983-1995), resident of Mobile [9 ]
Robert J. Bentley, current Governor of Alabama, elected 2010 [10 ]
Don Black, founder of Stormfront
Hugo Black, US Supreme Court Justice (1937–1971)
Leon Bramlett, All-American football player at the United States Naval Academy; played at Alabama only in 1942; the Republican nominee for governor of Mississippi in 1983 [11 ]
John A. Caddell, lawyer, later president pro tempore of the Board of Trustees
H. L. Sonny Callahan, U.S. House of Representatives Alabama's 1st district, (1985-2003) [12 ]
Frank Minis Johnson, Jr., federal judge whose opinions were critical to the American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968)
Henry De Lamar Clayton, Jr., (1857–1929), member of House of Representatives [13 ]
Morris Dees, civil rights attorney, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Carl Elliott, Alabama's 7th congressional district representative, 1949 to 1965
Jim Folsom, governor of Alabama from 1947 to 1951 and 1955 to 1959 [14 ]
Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International
Charles Graddick, Attorney General of Alabama (1979–1987)
Lino Gutierrez, Diplomat, United States Ambassador to Argentina (2003-2006), United States Ambassador to Nicaragua (1996-1999)
Howell Heflin, 1971-77 Ch J Ala Sup Ct, 1978-97 United States Senator from Alabama - grad law school 1948 [15 ]
Vivian Malone Jones, first African-American graduate
Stephanie Kopelousos, Transportation Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation (2007-2011). [16 ]
Autherine Lucy, (1956), first African-American student to be admitted to the University after winning in Lucy v. Adams; suspended after 3 days due to racial hostilities; her expulsion was overturned in 1980, and in 1992, she earned her Masters degree in Elementary Education
Champ Lyons, Jr, Assoc Justice, Ala Sup Ct 1998-present; grad Law School 1965. [17 ]
Bert Nettles (Class of 1958), Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1969 to 1974 from Mobile [18 ]
John Malcolm Patterson, Governor of Alabama 1959-63, Grad Law Sch 1948 [19 ]
Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama (2003–2011) [20 ]
Percy Saint, attended University of Alabama (1888-1890); state district judge (1920-1924) in Franklin, Louisiana, and Attorney General of Louisiana (1924-1932)
Jeff Sessions, United States Senator from Alabama, 1997-present, grad Law Sch 1973 [21 ]
Richard Shelby, United States Senator from Alabama, 1987-present, grad both undergrad & law school (1963) [22 ]
Don Siegelman, Governor of Alabama (1999–2003) [23 ]
Donald W. Stewart, United States Senator from Alabama, 1979-1981 [24 ]
Ira B. Thompson, Alabama State Representative
George Corley Wallace, Governor of Alabama (1963–1967, 1971–1979, 1983–1987) [25 ]
Robert Smith Vance, Federal Appellate Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Chaired and de-segregated State Democratic Party, Assassinated December 16, 1989
Michael G. Vickers, United States Department of Defense, United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, 2007-Present.
Journalism and literature [ edit ]
Mel Allen, sportscaster for the New York Yankees, best known as the "legendary voice of the Yankees' organization" and first host of This Week in Baseball
Rece Davis, ESPN sports analyst
Tim Earley, poet
Howell Raines, former executive editor of ; Pulitzer Prize winner for Feature Writing The New York Times
Winston Groom, author, "Forrest Gump"; graduate 1965
Joe Scarborough, television host
Kathryn Stockett, author, The Help
Science and technology [ edit ]
Lafayette Guild, Medical Director for Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War and a pioneer in the research of yellow fever.
Mohammad Ataul Karim, Physicist
Timothy Leary, psychologist, writer and drug activist
Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., 11th Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
Robert Van de Graaff, physicist, inventor of Van de Graaff generator
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia
E.O. Wilson, entomologist known for work on evolution and sociobiology; Pulitzer Prize winner
Louis Rosen, nuclear physicist, the "father" of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center
Eugene Allen Smith (A.B. 1862), American geologist; president of the GSA 1913
Heather Willauer (PhD 2002), research chemist and inventor of a method for synthesizing jet fuel from seawater.
Notable faculty [ edit ]
Dinsmore Alter, astronomy
Amalia Amaki, art
Marshall Applewhite, music instructor and founder of the Heaven's Gate cult
Anthony Joseph Arduengo III, chemistry
Margaret Atwood, English literature
Robin Behn, creative writing
Philip Beidler, American literature
David T. Beito, history
Rick Bragg, author and journalist
Joel Brouwer, poetry
Carl Carmer, non-fiction writing
Cornelius Carter, dance
Philip B. Coulter, political science
Philip Daileader, history
Frank Duarte, author/physicist, professor
John Engels, poetry
Ibrahim Fawal, film
John P. Hermann, Old English studies
Abdurrahim El-Keib, engineering [26 ] and interim prime minister of Libya (2011-present) [27 ] [28 ]
Nathaniel Thomas Lupton, President from 1871 to 1874
Forrest McDonald, history
Steve Sample, Sr, arranger and jazz educator, former Director of Jazz Studies
Hudson Strode, creative writing
Michael Tuomey, geology, mineralogy and agricultural chemistry and first Alabama State Geologist
References [ edit ]
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^ "Scott Hunter". databaseFootball.com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "Antonio Monte London". databaseFootball.com . Retrieved November 10, 2012.
^ "Maryon Pittman Allen". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "James Allen". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "John W. Abercrombie". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "William Brockman Bankhead". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Ann Smith Bedsole (2002)". archives.state.al.us . Retrieved May 28, 2014.
^ "Robert J. Bentley". National Governors Association . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Leon C. "Lee" Bramlett". msfame.com . Retrieved May 6, 2014.
^ "Sonny Callahan". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Henry De Lamar Clayton, Jr.". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Jim Folsom". National Governors Association . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Howell Heflin". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ Barnett, Cynthia (June 1, 2008). "Hard Road Ahead for State Roads". Florida Trend . Retrieved 4 March 2013.
^ Champ Lyons, Jr.
^ "Oral History Interview with Bert Nettles, July 13, 1974". docsouth.unc.edu . Retrieved May 27, 2014.
^ "John Malcolm Patterson". National Governors Association . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Bob Riley". National Governors Association . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Jeff Sessions". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Richard Shelby". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Don Siegelman". National Governors Association . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "Donald W. Stewart". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress . Retrieved 14 November 2012.
^ "George Corley Wallace". National Governors Association . Retrieved 14 November 2012.