AHS inducts 2nd HOF class

Published 1:05 am Saturday, August 13, 2011

Members of the undefeated 1947 AHS team

Four men and one championship team became the second class inducted in the Andalusia High School Football Hall of Fame in a ceremony last night at AHS.

Edwin Burnett

Edwin Burnett saluted the coaches, teammates and teachers “responsible for me receiving this award.”

Burnett, who was a member of the undefeated 1947 football team,

Played for coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Kentucky, where he lettered in both football and track.

He makes his home in Louisville, Ky.

Harris Rabren

The induction must have been especially poignant for Rabren’s family, who said that his parents, Jones and Mary Ann Rabren, were both class of 1947 grads, his father at Pleasant Home and his mother at AHS. His father-in-law also was a member of the AHS 1947 class, whose undefeated team was honored. To top it all off, yesterday was his mother’s 82nd birthday.

Rabren recalled the day his team met their new coach, Don Sharpe, a 2010 HOF inductee who also was at last night’s event. Rabren said Sharpe took charge immediately in the spring of 1973 and taught Rabren and his teammates team work and oneness.

Rabren, a four-year letterman at AHS, went on to letter three years at Auburn.

He challenged the 2011 team to “go after the championship.”

He said he heard the team has a “practice” game this coming Friday against Luverne.

“There are no practice games,” he said. “Win it. Beat ‘em as bad as you can.”

Rabren now lives in Tennessee and works with New York Life.

Fred Crittenden

Fred Crittenden said he thought he played against big boys in high school.

“They were bigger in the Army,” he said.

Crittenden was a five-year letterman and four-year, two-way starter at Andalusia’s Covington County Training/Ralph Bunche high schools (1956-1960). After graduation in 1961, he joined the U.S. Army where he continued playing football for the Cavaliers in South Korea.

Three of his former teammates were in t he audience, including AHS athletic director Richard Robertson.

“All you guys who played with me, thank you,” he said.

He retired from the Army as a master sergeant, and later retired from the Anniston Army Depot. He lives in Oxford, Ala.

Tim Nall

Tim Nall started practicing with the AHS varsity Bulldogs and played as a starting linebacker from 1974-1977. His high school career included two state championships, in 1976 and 1977, and one state runner-up, in 1975.

“Our team was about oneness,” he said. “Our whole group was together, whether we were on the field or in a restaurant, we were expected to behave with dignity and class.”

Nall said there were many athletes on those teams who could be AHS Hall of Famers.

“I counted 20 who could be in the hall of fame with me, he said. “They were awesome athletes.”

1947 Football team

The 1947 team was Andalusia’s first undefeated and untied team. The team went 10-0 for the season, scoring 290 points and giving up only 13 points.

Elliott Blair spoke for the team, expressing fond sentiment for coach Bill Norred.

“He fathered us and made an indelible mark on more young people than this great institution had ever seen,” he said.

Norred, whose widow attended the induction, had served as an Air Force pilot overseas in World War II, prior to becoming the AHS coach.

H.M. McInnish was the assistant coach. Team members were Blair, Coston Blow, Carnell Booth, Leon Brawner, Robert Brown, Guy Bryan, William Burgess, Edwin Burnett, Ray Carroll, Tommy Coale, Noble Diehl, Gene Evans, Jerry Hair, Bill Hamiter, Charles Henderson, Joe Hilson, John Will Hutcheson, Winston King, Jimmy Leggett, Charles Little, Robert Livings, Jerome Locklier, Lamar Locklier, John McAnulty, Hill Mock, Bill Moore, Edward Moore, Tom Moore, Bill Petty, Marlon Pierce, Charles Pippin, Carroll Ray, Bobby Reid, Emmett Rogers, Billy Ross, Riley Taylor, Donnie Teel, Tommy Thompson, Joe Turner, Joe Thweatt, Harrison Vinson and Johnny Wright.