Tracy Rocker Elected to Alabama Sports Hall of
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Auburn All-American and current Arkansas assistant coach Tracy Rocker has been elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Rocker is one of eight newly elected inductees in the 2005 class.
Rocker will be honored at the official induction banquet on June 12, 2005, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. Other inductees in the class of 2005 include Jacksonville State baseball player Rudy Abbott, Jackson State football standout Robert Brazile, Alabama All-America defensive back Jeremiah Castille, long-time Auburn broadcaster Jim Fyffe, Auburn basketball great Chuck Person, Auburn football player Billy Atkins and journalist Bob Phillips.
Rocker was a two-time first-team All-American (1987 and ’88) and a three-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection at Auburn, and he won both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Trophy as a senior in 1988. The Outland Trophy goes to the nation’s top interior lineman and the Lombardi to the nation’s top lineman.
Named the SEC Player of the Year as a senior, he recorded 354 career tackles with 21 sacks and 48 tackles for loss. He helped the Tigers win two SEC titles (1987 and ’88) and was voted to the school’s Team of the Century in 1993.
Rocker is still seventh on Auburn’s charts for career tackles, solo stops (199) and assisted tackles (155). He led the team with 93 stops in 1985, and finished with 86 in 1986, 75 in ’87 and 100 in ’88.
He played two years in the NFL with Washington, earning all-rookie honors in 1990, and one with Orlando in the World Football League. He began his college coaching career at West Alabama in 1994, and also worked at Troy (Ala.) State and Cincinnati before joining UA’s staff last season.
Rocker has already been selected to the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. He will be honored this December in New York along with former Razorback Wayne “Thumper” Harris.
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