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The 50 Legends of the Alabama Sports Writers Association

As part of the ASWA's 50th Anniversary celebration, this year's annual award banquet will include a special honor.

Say what you will about sports writers, but they all grew up reading legends. 

Ask one. 

"Who was the sports writer you followed the most? Who captured your imagination, your desire to want to be around sports greatness, and made you want to do this as a profession?" 

Then get comfortable as he or she recalls tales of triumph and delight. After a while they'll get into essence of the craft, the diligence of the deadline, and the personality to bring the words to life, almost like magic. 

Or they'll probably describe someone as being like a bulldog when on a story, treating a tasty scoop like a chew toy and never relinquishing their grip until shaking loose every last drop of information.  

It's with that backdrop, and the 50-year anniversary of the Alabama Sports Writers Association, that the organization is announcing its 50 Legends over the course of March.

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Each was selected at the end of an extensive process, which began with nominations from the ASWA membership, and numerous rounds of voting by the selection committee, which was primarily made up of the sitting executive council. 

... and then even more discussion and voting took place in an effort to make sure that no one was missed.  

Through it all, the word "Legend" hung over everyone, and was not taken lightly. 

"The truth about the life of a man is not what he does, but the legend which he creates around himself." — Oscar Wilde

"Heroes come and go, but legends are forever." — Kobe Bryant 

The 50 Legends will be honored during the 2022 ASWA Awards Banquet on June 12, at the Hilton Birmingham at UAB.

Announcements will be made daily here, on the ASWA site, on the ASWA Facebook page, and through @bamacentral Twitter account. 

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Sam Adams: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Tom Arenberg
Clyde Bolton: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Mike Bolton: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Al Browning: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Jerry Bryan: 50 Legends of ASWA
Jimmy Bryan: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Al Burleson
Paul Cox: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Gregg DeWalt: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Bill Easterling: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Paul Finebaum: 50 Legends
Charles Goldberg: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Rubin Grant
Hoyt Harwell: 50 Legends ASWA
Wayne Hester
Charles Hollis: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Tommy Hicks: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Cecil Hurt: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Ron Ingram
Jon Johnson
Don Kausler Jr.: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Randy Kennedy: 50 Legends
Charles Land: 50 Legends of ASWA
Stacy Long: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Bill Lumpkin
Kathy Lumpkin: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Benny Marshall: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Phillip Marshall: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Wayne Martin: 50 Legends ASWA
Mark McCarter
Kirk McNair
Ray Melick: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Max Moseley: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Zipp Newman: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Bob Phillips: 50 Legends of the ASWA
John Pruett: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Kevin Scarbinsky
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Bill Shelton: 50 Legends of ASWA
George Smith: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Jimmy Smothers
Jon Solomon: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Creg Stephenson
Naylor Stone: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Ben Thomas, AL.com: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Alf Van Hoose
Christopher Walsh: 50 Legends of the ASWA
Ronald Weathers
John Zenor: 50 Legends of the ASWA
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