Samford head football coach Pat Sullivan will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 class at a ceremony Wednesday evening in Nashville, Tenn. Sullivan, along with four other former athletes, four high school coaches, two officials and one high school speech
coach, will be inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The 30th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 93rd annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
"This is very humbling and flattering," Sullivan said. "As with all honors, I am very appreciative of the wonderful support I received from my parents, family, teammates and coaches. I hope I represent them well and make them proud."
Sullivan was the top football player in the state of Alabama in his junior and senior seasons (1967, 1968) as the quarterback at John Carroll High School in Birmingham. He was named All-American and was a two-time All-State selection and was named the top player in the nation by one publication.
Sullivan also was named All-State twice in basketball, averaging 18 points per game as the team's point guard, and in baseball as the team's shortstop. He went on to play college football at Auburn University, leading the Tigers to a 26-7 record in three years as the team's quarterback. He won the Heisman Trophy as the nation's top player in 1971. Sullivan also played parts of seven seasons in the National Football League.
Sullivan will enter his sixth season as Samford's head coach in the fall. Prior to coming to Samford, Sullivan served as an assistant at Auburn and UAB, and as head coach at Texas Christian University. This marks the sixth Hall of Fame Sullivan has been named to. He is also a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and National Football Hall of Fame, as well as the Halls of Fame for the Senior Bowl, Gator Bowl and Sugar Bowl.
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