Alabama football legend to receive ASHOF Distinguished Sportsman honor

Kerry Goode
(Kerry Goode/Facebook page)

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) will be honoring Crimson Tide football legend and ALS advocate Kerry Goode as its 2024 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman.

Kerry Goode, football great and inspirational leader

A native of Town Creek, Alabama, Goode was a member and captain of the University of Alabama football team in the mid 80s. He went on to play and coach in the NFL. 

In 2015, Goode was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). A tireless fighter against the disease, Kerry and his wife Tanja founded the Goode Foundation which supports ALS patients and their families. 

The foundation’s efforts include:

  • Providing access to needed diagnostic and treatment services
  • Educational resources
  • Support services for improved quality of life

“Thank you—the people of Alabama for your unending love and support. Your daily encouragement keeps me fighting everyday. With you, I am beating the odds and I am extremely proud to call myself an Alabamian.”

~Kerry Goode, in a statement to The Bama Buzz

Goode is also a recipient of the Paul Bryant Alumni Athlete Award, Vivian Malone “Crimson Flame” Courage Award, and the University of Alabama Distinguished Alumni Award.

He will join an impressive list of others who have been honored as Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Alabama Sportsmen. They are: Hall Thompson (1987), Jack Warner (1989), Ray Scott (1990), Dr. James Andrews (1992), Dr. David Bronner (1994), Dr. Wilford Bailey (1995), Tom York (1996), Dr. Larry Lemak (1997), Bill Legg (2001), John Croyle (2002), George Mann (2004), David Housel (2007), Mal Moore (2007), Ronald Bruno (2009), Mickey Newsome (2010), Kennith Blankenship (2014), Charles Kelly (2014), Dr. Gaylon McCollough (2017), and J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (2019).

Details about the ASHOF event

Kerry Goode
(Kerry Goode/Facebook page)

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame will recognize Kerry Goode as their 2024 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman at the 56thAnnual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum at (205) 323-6665.

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