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Alabama fans and former players share thoughts on Mal Moore

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Longtime University of Alabama athletic director Mal Moore passed away Saturday morning at the age of 73. (abc3340.com) Longtime University of Alabama athletic director Mal Moore passed away Saturday morning at the age of 73. (abc3340.com)
Moore played quarterback at Alabama from 1958 to 1962. Moore played quarterback at Alabama from 1958 to 1962.

Mal Moore's legacy left a lasting impression on those who knew him. ABC 33/40 reached out to several former players, all very sad of course to hear the news of his death.

Many Alabama fans, like JD Cook, are also reflecting on Moore's legacy. "You're just sad to lose someone like that, an incredible leader. I'm glad to see at this point of his career the kind of impact he's made from hiring Coach Saban and the championships we've won in other sports too."

Alabama fan, Jim Turner, says "We hate it, everybody does cause he meant a lot to the University. He did a lot of good things." Over a period of seven decades.

"He loved Alabama, just a classy guy with a lot of integrity. Never said a bad word about anybody" Former Quarterback Richard Todd also says Mal Moore touched many lives as a player, a coach and an Athletic Director. Moore was the offensive coordinator under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant during Todd's time on the field in the 70's. "The Legacy for me, for Mal.. He did so much for the community, so much for the University as far as fund-raising and facilities the way they were."

Moore is described as genuine, down to earth and approachable by former Defensive Lineman Bob Baumhower.

"It was always about the University First, the Athletic Department, the people that work with them. He was the absolute best when it comes to a leader and keeping the agenda where it needed to be."

Former Quarterback Gary Rutledge also worked with Moore in the 70's. Rutledge says Moore was a perfectionist and simply a fine human being... that you couldn't help but love. "He was a backbone for sure. And then coaching under Coach Bryant and playing there and then coming back as the Athletic Director, you could probably put the amount of championships he won on all his fingers and toes."

We also spoke with former Alabama Player Jeremiah Castille, who's reflecting on a lot of great memories. He says Moore lived a blessed life and learned so much from working with Coach Bryant. Besides being dedicated to the University, those who knew Moore said he was very committed to his family and friends.

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