The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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May 29, 2006

Limestone County Sports HOF inducts its class of 2006 Saturday

Athens football legend Wallace “Wally” Bullington who was a member of the 2005 Class of the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame will be the guest speaker at this year’s event at Athens State University Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Currently serving as athletic director emeritus at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, Bullington won all-state honors two years as a center and linebacker for the Athens High School football team.

He was named to the All-Southern team in 1948 and played in the Alabama North-South All-Star game in 1949. He also lettered in basketball at AHS.

“Wally could drop-kick a football 60 yards-plus,” recalled teammate Fred Martin Jr., who nominated him for the Hall of Fame last year.

Bullington was unable to attend the event because of illness. So, the HOF Board of Directors asked him to attend this year as the guest speaker.

The banquet is set for 7 p.m. in the ASU Ballroom.

Bullington is one of four brothers raised on a farm outside of Athens. He turned down a scholarship offer from Auburn University to attend Abilene Christian. A four-year letterman there, Bullington helped lead the Wildcats to the only perfect record, 11-0, in school history in 1950.

He was named to the All-Texas Conference football team in 1950, ’51 and ’52 and was selected an All-American in 1952.

Bullington graduated from Abilene Christian in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

He earned his master’s in education there in 1956 before joining the coaching staff at Abilene High School.

While Bullington was an assistant football coach at Abilene High, the Eagles won three state championships in football.

Bullington took over as head coach in 1960 and led the team to a 40-19-1 record over six seasons at the helm.

Returning to Abilene Christian in 1968, Bullington compiled a 62-32-2 record as head coach and led the team to an NAIA Division I national championship in 1973. Four of his nine teams were nationally ranked and he coached six All-American players, including future All-Pro running back Wilbert Montgomery.

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