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The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announces 2023 induction

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The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is getting eight inductees for 2023, the organization announced today.

This class was selected by ballot by a statewide selection committee and new members will be inducted on May 13, 2023.

Initiates are:

The newly elected candidates for the Class of 2023 are as follows:

Karen Mayson Bahnsen | golf

Bahnsen, a native of Mobile, was the first golfer to earn an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University, where she played from 1980 to 1983 before becoming the head coach of the Lady Tigers from 1985 to 2018. During her 34 years as head coach, her teams recorded 28 team titles and 28 individual titles. She led the Tigers to an SEC championship win in 1992 and her teams qualified for the NCAA championship tournament 11 times. The National Golf Coaches Association inducted Bahnsen into their Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.

Carlos Dansby | Soccer

Born in Birmingham, Dansby was an all-state linebacker and wide receiver at Woodlawn High School and played football at Auburn University from 2000-2003. During his career at Auburn, he was a First-Team All-American and a Butkus Award semi-finalist. Dansby was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. During his 14-year NFL career, he spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals. He finished his career with 1,422 tackles, 43 sacks and 20 interceptions.

Roman Harper | Soccer

Born in Prattville, Harper played football at the University of Alabama, where he started three seasons with safety. At Alabama, he accumulated 302 tackles along with five interceptions and five forced fumbles. In his senior year, he was named a First-Team All-SEC and drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He ended his 11-year NFL career with 819 tackles, 18 sacks, 16 forced fumbles and 11 interceptions. In 2020, Harper was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

Larry Kenon | basketball

Born in Birmingham, Kenon played at Amarillo College for two years before transferring to Memphis State University. In his junior year, he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and helped lead Memphis State to the NCAA championship game. A member of the New York Nets, Kenon won the ABA Championship as a rookie and was also named to the ABA All-Rookie First Team. After three seasons with the Nets, Kenon was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, which merged with the NBA in 1976. He was a three-time ABA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Star and holds the NBA record for most steals in a game with 11. Kenon ended his 11-year ABA/NBA career with 12,954 points and 6,701 rebounds.

Theo Ratliff | basketball

Born in Demopolis, Ratliff attended the University of Wyoming where he led the country in blocks in 1993 and was named first-team all-conference in 1994 and 1995. In the 1995 NBA draft, he was drafted 18th overall by the Detroit Pistons. Ratliff played three seasons in Detroit before joining the Philadelphia 76ers. After four years with the 76ers, he joined the Atlanta Hawks, where he was named an NBA All-Star in 2001 and led the NBA in blocks in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Ratliff also spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Bobcats and Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2011. Ratliff finished his 17-year NBA career with 5,809 points, 4,596 rebounds and 1,968 blocks. In 2005 he was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame.

Jackie Sheriff | Football Coaching

Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, Sherrill played football at the University of Alabama and was a member of back-to-back National Championship teams. After his playing career, Sherrill served as a graduate assistant in Alabama and Arkansas. He was an assistant coach at Iowa State and Pittsburgh before earning his first head coaching position at Washington State in 1976. After one season at WSU, he returned to Pittsburgh, where he served as head coach from 1977-1981. He was named Walter Camp Coach in 1981. He was the head coach of Mississippi State for 13 years and won the 1998 SEC Western Division. He is one of only two Division IA head coaches to ever lead three different schools to 10 wins or more in a single season. His overall record was 180-120-4.

Gerald Wallace | basketball

During his senior year at Childersburg High School, Wallace was named Naismith Prep Player of the Year and First-Team Parade All-American. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama for one season and then declared for the NBA draft. Wallace was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 25th overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft. He was later selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft. In 2006, Wallace led the NBA in steals. He was an NBA All-Star in 2010 and was named an NBA All-Defensive First Team. Wallace is one of three players in NBA history to average at least two steals and two blocks per game over the course of an entire season. Wallace also played with the Portland Trail Blazers, the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics. He ended his 15-year NBA career with 9,993 points, 4,838 rebounds and 1,725 ‚Äč‚Äčassists.

Roddy White | Soccer

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, White played college football at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2001 to 2004, where he accumulated over 3,000 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. During his senior season, White led the nation with 1,452 receiving yards. In the 2005 NFL Draft, he was selected 27th overall by the Atlanta Falcons. In 2010, White was named a First-Team All-Pro and led the NFL in receptions. White spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Falcons and leads the franchise in career touchdown scoring. He finished his career with 808 receptions, 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns.

This is the 55th class inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and these newcomers bring the total honorees to 393.

The 55th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held on May 13, 2023 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

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