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Senior Bowl induces 3 in his Hall of Fame



Reese's Senior Bowl introduced the 31st grade in his Hall of Fame Friday night with the help of a first-class member.

Rodney Hudson, DeMarco McNeil and Billy Neighbors joined the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel.

Neighbor's death in 2012, and former Alabama teammate Lee Roy Jordan along with the neighbors' family represented the former Crimson Tide standout. Jordan joined the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in 1988 in the first induction class.

The latest class not only had a strong state taste but the spice in Port City. Hudson starred at B.C. Rain High School in Mobile, and McNeil starred at Blount High School in Prichard.

"I never expected to be here. It's a blessing," Hudson said before the ceremony began. "For me, it means much more to me to be from here and be honored here."

Hudson represented Florida State at the 201

1 Senior Bowl and has spent the eight seasons since the NFL. In his four seasons as the center of the Oakland Raiders, he has twice been Pro Bowler and has made every offensive snap since he missed part of a game on November 22, 2015. His teammates chose Hudson to receive the Oaklands Engagement Award for Excellence Award for 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Hudson was an ever-offensive lineman for BC Rain in 2005 and 2006. In Florida State, Hudson was four times in the first team, All-ACC Guard, a football author association of America All-American in 2009, a unanimous all-American in 2010 and the winner of the ACC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2009 and 2010.

McNeil represented Auburn on the 2004 Senior Bowl even though he did not play in the game. An ankle injury sustained during practice sidelined him on the day of play.

"It's great just to be honored by the Senior Bowl and honored by the City of Mobile," McNeil said. "This is a great honor and something I do not take lightly."

"I am very grateful to (Senior Bowl Director) Jim Nagy and the Senior Bowl Committee for honoring me. It gave me a good reason to come home and see everyone."

Blount won three on each other The following AHSAA Class 5A soccer championships with McNeil in the Leopards lineup as an all-state defensive lineman. In 1998, McNeil won Alabama's Mr. Football Award, becomes the first interior liner and the first defender to earn the credit.

A four-year-old on the nose screen for Auburn, McNeil was a freshman All-American and an All-SEC selection in his final season on the plains.

A knee injury blew McNeil's NFL chances and he works as an analyst at the coaching staff in South Carolina.

Neighbor is represented by Alabama in the Senior Bowl in 1962 after helping Crimson Tide win consensus national championship in 1961 for coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's first national title with the tide. Alabama released an 11-0 record in 1961 when it outscored its opponents 297-25 and defeated Arkansas 10-3 in the sugar bowl.

The neighbors had been an all-state center at Tuscaloosa County High School in 1956 and 1957 and were a consensus-all-American choice in tackling in 1961. He joined the College Football Hall of Fame with the class in 2003. [19659002] Neighbors are played eight seasons in AFL, split between Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins. He went to the AFL All-Star Game twice and was an All-AFL election on watch in 1964.

Children were the first of three generations to play in the Senior Bowl followed by his son Wes, from Alabama in 1987, and grandson Connor from LSU in 2015.

The three-man class brought the membership of the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame to 120.

Senior Bowl Hall of Fame's first class of enshrinees included nine players. In addition to Jordan, the other first-class members were "Mean Joe" Greene, Steve Largent, Joe Namath, Walter Payton, Bubba Smith, Pat Sullivan, Jim Taylor, and Travis Tidwell.

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Senior Bowl also recognized Cleveland Brown's quarterback Baker Mayfield as his Rookie of the Year for the 2018 NFL season.

Oklahoma quarterback went from last year's Senior Bowl to become the first player to be elected in the 2018 NFL Draft. He took the starting role in the fourth match of Brown's season and threw 27 touchdown matches in his initial pro campaign.

The 70th Reese's Senior Bowl starts at. 13:30 CST Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. The NFL Network will sail the game.

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  Auburn defensive lineman DeMarco McNeil grabs a loose football in practice for the Senior Bowl on January 21, 2004, at UMS-Wright in Mobile. (AL.com file)
Auburn defensive lineman DeMarco McNeil takes a loose football in practice for the Senior Bowl on January 21, 2004, at UMS-Wright in Mobile. (AL.com file) BILL STARLING

Mark Inabinett is a sports rep for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1 .


  Tackle Billy Neighbors rooted Alabama's untreated 1961 team. (Courtesy of the University of Alabama)
Tackle Billy Neighbors Anchored Alabama's Unbeaten 1961 Team. (Courtesy of the University of Alabama) Courtesy of the University of Alabama


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