Alabama's Mal Moore Named Athletic Director Of The Year

Mal Moore did not live to see his selection as the 2013 Athletic Director of the Year with his passing in March, but he would have been humbled, and he would have been so proud, said Judy Bonner, president of the University of Alabama.

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.

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