By Barry DeVine
For The News Courier
Joe Cribbs, who was an SEC running back at Auburn University and later played nine seasons in the National Football League, will be this year’s guest speaker for the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.
The event is scheduled for Saturday June 25 at Athens State University. The reception begins at 6 p.m. in the banquet room followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 7 .
Cribbs is a native of Sulligent and was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection for the Tigers despite having to share carries with two other future NFL running backs William Andrews and James Brooks.
He finished his career at Auburn with over 3,300 career yards and is fourth on the school’s all-time rushing yards list behind Bo Jackson, Carnell Williams and Brooks.
Cribbs was drafted in the second round of the 1980 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills.
He went on to start all 16 games his rookie season with the Bills and was named the AFC Rookie of the Year.
Cribbs also was named a starter in the NFL Pro-Bowl that season, the only rookie to earn that distinction. He was selected three times to the Pro-Bowl during his NFL career.
Cribbs rushed for over 5,300 yards during his NFL career that was spent with four different teams (Bills, 49ers, Colts and Dolphins).
He briefly played for the Birmingham Stallions in the old United States Football League and retired from professional football after the 1988 season.
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