Agee named to Alabama Sports HOF

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 29, 2018

Andalusia Department of Leisure Services director Tommy Agee has been named to the 2019 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame to be inducted in April.

Agee grew up in Maplesville where he was a star football player.

He then went on to play college football at Auburn University.

While at Auburn, Agee was a four-year starter at fullback as the lead blocker for Bo Jackson.

He finished his career at Auburn with 1,733 yards and 13 touchdowns on 356 carries.

After Auburn, Agee was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 1987 NFL Draft.

He only played one year in Seattle before going over to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Agee spent one year with the Chiefs before settling in with the Dallas Cowboys.

The next five years Agee played for the Cowboys where he won two consecutive Super Championships (Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII).

The rest of the Class of 2019 includes Bill Burgess (Football-Coaching), Willie Davenport (Track and Field), Luis Gonzalez (Baseball), Bud Moore (Football-Coaching), Antonio Langham (Football), Steve Saverese (Administration) and Catherine Reddick Whitehill (Soccer).

Burgess played football at Auburn and then went on to have a successful career coach at Jacksonville State University.

Davenport was born in Troy and competed in the 110-meter hurdles in the 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. He competed in the bobsled event in the 1980 Winter Olympics where he and Jeff Gadley were the first two African-Americans to represent the United States at any Winter Olympics.

Gonzalez was born in Tampa before playing baseball at the University of South Alabama. He was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks Word Series team in 2001.

Moore played and briefly coached at Alabama before becoming head coach at Kansas.

Langham was born in Town Creek and still holds the University of Alabama record with 19 career interceptions.

Saverese grew up in Leeds and then became a successful high school coach before being name executive director of the AHSAA in 2007.

Whitehill started her soccer career in Briarwood and then played for the University of North Carolina where she helped win four national championships.

The Alabama Sports HOF Class of 2019 will be inducted on April 27, 2019. The Class was selected by ballot through a statewide selection committee.

Starting with the first class in 1969, this will be the 51st Class inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The eight newly elected inductees will bring the total number of inductees to 361.

The 51st Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.