BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Auburn greats Willie Anderson, Hal Baird and Cliff Ellis had been introduced as members of the Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame Class of 2021 Wednesday.
Anderson, Baird and Ellis are three of the eight newly inducted honorees introduced by the Board of Administrators of the State of Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame. The whole listing might be discovered here.
The 53rd Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will probably be held within the Birmingham Ballroom, on the Sheraton Birmingham Lodge, on Could 8, 2021. For extra info or two buy tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame Museum at 205-323-6665.
Anderson performed offensive deal with at Auburn from 1993-95, the place he was named All-America and twice-named All-SEC. He was chosen tenth total within the 1996 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and went on to be named a four-time Professional Bowler and three-time First Crew All-Professional choice. Anderson performed his first 12 seasons with the Bengals earlier than taking part in his ultimate season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008. Throughout his NFL profession, he performed in 195 video games, beginning 184. Anderson solely surrendered 16 sacks in his 13-year profession and didn’t hand over a sack between 1999-2001.
“After being inducted into the Cellular Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 2011, I came upon extra in regards to the Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame at the moment,” Anderson stated. “I at all times puzzled what the necessities had been and actually needed to be concerned in that. I’ve seen former Auburn gamers from Georgia – Takeo Spikes and Ronnie Brown – make it just lately. For guys from Alabama, it actually means lots to us. You see names like DeMarcus Ware and Ben Wallace, guys who I noticed play professionally, and Coach Baird and Coach Ellis.
“It is undoubtedly an enormous honor for me to be honored by my state, with me being from Alabama,” Anderson added. “Together with the remainder of the individuals being honored, it is a massive deal for us.”
In 16 years on the helm of the Auburn baseball program from 1985-2000, Baird posted a 634-328 profession report, retiring because the winningest coach in program historical past and the fourth winningest coach within the historical past of the SEC. He guided the Tigers to a pair of School World Collection appearances (1994, ’97), three NCAA regional championships (1994, ’97, ’99), two SEC Event titles (1989, ’98) and two SEC West crowns (1987, ’95). Baird mentored 13 All-Individuals throughout his profession within the orange and blue, and 51 of his gamers went on to listen to their identify referred to as within the MLB Draft, together with Bo Jackson, Tim Hudson and Frank Thomas.
“It is the primary time for me to have an opportunity to enter a corridor of fame during which three of my former gamers are in there,” Baird stated. “Bo Jackson, Tim Hudson and Frank Thomas, all three are enshrined within the Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame. That is an over-the-top for me. That basically does make it significantly satisfying.”
Baird pitched at Japanese Carolina, the place he recorded 105 strikeouts within the 1970-71 seasons. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and in addition performed for the Kansas Metropolis Royals group. In 1977, he returned to ECU as an assistant coach and was named head coach in 1980. He amassed a 145-66-1 report, three NCAA Event appearances and two ECAC-South Championships. He’s additionally set to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Fame in January.
“It is actually overwhelming,” Baird added. “The Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame is broadly thought of to be one of the best within the nation. Everybody who’s ever had any expertise with it, as an inductee or going to the banquet, says there’s nothing on the planet performed any higher. To consider this state and the variety of unbelievable individuals who have come out in each sport, Main League Baseball corridor of famers, NFL corridor of famers, it’s extremely humbling. I could not hardly imagine it once I acquired the decision.”
From 1994-2004, Ellis was the pinnacle basketball coach at Auburn, the place we received 186 video games, second solely to Joel Eaves, and was named the SEC Coach of the Yr twice. Ellis led the 1998-99 Tigers to the SEC Championship and the Candy 16 with a 29-4 report and was named the Nationwide Coach of the Yr. The Tigers additionally reached the Candy 16 in the course of the 2002-03 season.
“The ten years I spent at Auburn had been treasured instances that I am going to always remember,” Ellis stated. “I’ve lots of nice reminiscences. With out these 10 years, this could not be taking place. I am grateful for all of the individuals who have been part of it. I am actually blessed by it.”
After beginning his faculty teaching profession at Cumberland College, Ellis was employed as the pinnacle coach at South Alabama in 1975. 4 years later, he had the Jaguars within the NCAA Event and 6 seasons later they had been ranked within the prime 10. From 1975-84, he led the Jaguars to 3 Solar Belt titles, two NCAA Event appearances and two NIT appearances. After the 1984 season he was named the pinnacle coach at Clemson, the place he led the Tigers to eight postseason appearances, together with three NCAA Event appearances, in 10 seasons. Through the 1989-90 season, Ellis led Clemson to its solely ACC title at school historical past and made it to the Candy 16. He was a two-time ACC Coach of the Yr (1987 and 1990) and is presently the winningest coach in program historical past. Since 2007, Ellis has coached at Coastal Carolina, the place he’s second all-time in wins. Going into the 2020-21 season Ellis’ 780 NCAA Division I wins rank him fifteenth all-time and third amongst lively coaches.
“I am honored and humbled by it,” Ellis added. “Whenever you have a look at the roster and the people who find themselves in there, it’s extremely touching. I believe the Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame in all probability units the tone for all of the states as a result of whenever you have a look at the individuals concerned with it, it is actually superb. I am actually touched by it. For me, my first ideas go to the gamers who performed for me at Auburn and South Alabama. All of the gamers who performed for me, all of the coaches who had been a part of this.”