Dec. 13, 2007
Former Auburn football players Gregg Carr and Jerry Wilson have been named as inductees into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Elected by statewide selection committees, Carr and Wilson will be inducted on May 31, 2008, in Birmingham.
As a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for the Tigers from 1981-84, Carr was the SEC's most honored athlete in 1984. As a senior, he was a consensus All-American, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, one of the NCAA's Top Five Student-Athletes and a Lombardi Award nominee.
During his senior campaign in 1984, the Birmingham native was the SEC Lineman of the Year and named the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club Most Valuable SEC Lineman. A three-time All-SEC selection and a four-time Academic All-SEC team member, he was Auburn's leading tackler as a sophomore and junior and the second leading tackler as a senior. Carr finished career at Auburn with nine sacks and 289 solo tackles.
Carr was a sixth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1985 and went on to play four years in the NFL. He currently is an orthopedic surgeon at Brookwood Medical Center, in Birmingham.
Wilson was a three-year letterwinner at end for Auburn from 1956-58. He was named All-SEC during his freshman and sophomore years and was the only unanimous selection for ALL-SEC in 1958.
A Birmingham native, Wilson played both offense and defense for the Tigers and led the team in receiving during the 1958 season and was a member of Auburn's 1957 National Championship team.
Wilson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1959 and played defensive end on their 1960 NFL championship team before spending the 1960 season with the San Francisco 49ers. He was called to active duty in the National Guard overseas in 1961 and returned in 1962, playing two seasons with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
For many years, Wilson has been involved in coaching wheelchair sports, highlighted by serving as the USA Assistant Coach at the 1994 World Wheelchair Weightlifting Championships in Melbourne, Australia. From 1992-2000, he was the weightlifting coach at Lakeshore Rehab.
Carr and Wilson join Sim Byrd, Condredge Holloway, Steve Lowery, Don McNeal, Don Mincher, and Oliver Robinson as the 2008 inductees. The number of inductees into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame now sits at 275 since the first class in 1969.
The induction banquet will take place Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the Birmingham Ballroom in the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Tickets for the event will be available at a later date. For more information on the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, visit www.ashof.org.