Auburn OC Craig; 1988 Vigor Football to be inducted


The Mobile Sports Hall of Fame announced it’s 2014 Class of Inductees on Wednesday. Heading the 26th Class is Auburn Co-Offensive Coordinator Dayemune Craig – part of the brains behind the nation-leading run game.

But before being on Auburn’s staff, Craig was a standout quarterback for the Tigers in the mid-90’s. He holds a ton of offensive records on the plains, including total completions and season yardage. Coach Craig went on to play professionally for the Carolina Panthers – and over in Europe.

Prior to all of those accomplishments, he was the signal caller for the Blount Leopards, who won two state championships.

“I feel like I’m at home, and anytime I come back to Mobile they make me feel welcome, so now I have permanently etched my name or whatever, what have you – but I’ll always be permanently etched in my city, and I have my stamp here now – so I’m very proud to be a Mobilian,” said Craig.

Joining Craig in the 2014 Hall of Fame Class will be the entire 1988 Vigor Wolves football team. That team is the only squad in the state to be named the National High School Football Champions. The Wolves went 13-0 and allowed just 44 points the entire year, while winning the Class 6A State Championship.

“It’s just overwhelming, I just thank God to be a part of this, a lot of guys appreciate this from the Mobile Hall of Fame and everybody who started this great thing in Mobile. Mobile is flooded with athletes and it’s just an honor to come out of Prichard, Alabama and be a part of Vigor High School – the wolf pack,” said former Vigor OL, Roosevelt Patterson.

Also being inducted this year is Auburn basketball star, Lauretta Freeman-Horn; baseball standout, Charlie “home run” Duffee; Olympic swimmer, Casey Converse – and high school track coach, Sam Pettaway.

The MSHOF Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held Thursday, May 22nd at the Battle House Hotel. Tickets are $100 and are available at or by calling, 709-0310.

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