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Alabama High School Players in the NFL Hall of Fame

There are presently nine high school football players from the state of Alabama that have been elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. Of the nine, only two are defensive players. Interestingly enough, seven of the nine spent their entire NFL career with the same team. Here is the complete list:

1) Robert Brazile - Vigor High School - LB - Brazile played with the Houston Oilers for ten seasons (1975-1984) and never missed a game. He played in college at Jackson State and was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1975. He made the Pro Bowl every season from 1976-1982. Elected in 2018.

2) Buck Buchanan - Parker High School - DL - Buchanan was a defensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1963-1975. He went to six AFL All Star games and after the merger two Pro Bowls. Buchanan played at Grambling, played in the first Super Bowl and terrorized QBs his entire career. Class of 1990.

3) John Hannah - Albertville High School - OL - Hannah was the dominate blocker of his generation, and many consider him to be the best NFL offensive Lineman of all time. he spent his entire career with the New England Patriots (1973-1985) and was elected All Pro seven times and went to nine Pro Bowls. He played wishbone guard for Bear Bryant at Alabama. Elected in 1991.

4) Walter Jones - Aliceville - OL - This #71 played offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks from 1997-2008. Jones was All Pro four times and made the Pro Bowl nine different seasons. He played for Holmes Community College for two years, did a redshirt season and played one season with Florida State before being drafted as the sixth pick of the 1997 NFL Draft. Elected in 2014.

5) Ozzie Newsome - Colbert County - TE - An All American for Alabama in the mid 70's, Newsome played his entire career with the Cleveland Browns (1978-1990) where he is still the all time leading receiver. When he retired, he had more receptions than any other tight end and there were only three wide receivers with more catches. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Newsome went on to a great career with the Browns and Ravens in front office management. Class of 1999.

6) Terrell Jones - Benjamin Russell - WR - In NFL history, Owens ranks eighth in receptions, second in receiving yards and third in touchdown receptions. He holds the single game NFL record with 20 catches and was first team ALL Pro five times. Owens played collegiately at Chattanooga and played for five different NFL teams from 1996-2010. Elected in 2018.

7) Kenny Stabler - Foley - QB - "The Snake" was a star QB at Alabama and throughout the mid to late 70's, he was as good as there was at the position in the NFL. Stabler played from 1968 through 1984 and led the Oakland Raiders to the AFC championship game five years in a row, winning the Super Bowl after the 1976. He won the NFL Player of the Year Award in 1974 and 1976. He finished his career with the Oilers and the Saints. Elected in 2016.

8) John Stallworth - Central High School - Tuscaloosa - Stallworth played from 1974 -1987 and teamed up with Lynn Swann to form a Hall of Fame receiving core for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Known for his spectacular leaping catches, he played on four Super Bowl champions. Playing in an era with less passing, he still had three 1,000 yard receiving seasons. Stallworth play in college at Alabama A&M. Class of 2002.

9) Bart Starr - Sidney Lanier High School - QB - After a so so career with some poor Alabama teams in the mid 1950s, Starr went from 17th round draft choice to leading the Vince Lombardi Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships. This included the first two Super Bowls where he was MVP of both games. Starr played from 1957-1971 and was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1966. Elected in 1977.


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