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Alabama's Mal Moore Named Athletic Director Of The Year
May 22, 2013 10:27 PM
He was born in 1939 in Dozier, Ala., a town with a population of 391, Bonner noted. It would have been such a contrast, she said, from his humble beginnings to the glitzy lights of New York City, where he would have received the award.
Surrounded by Moore's daughter, Heather Moore Cook, and his executive assistant, Judy Tanner, Bonner received the award on behalf of Moore and the university.
Moore spent 50 years of his life with the university, first as a backup quarterback (including to Joe Namath), then as a coach under the legendary Bear Bryant. He became AD in 1999.
The university has famously won three out of the last four national championships in college football, but it's also a champion in gymnastics and softball, Bonner noted. And, with a smile, she also noted the academic success of the university's student athletes.