Bama hero Krauss set to give speech

Published 7:33 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Alabama fans will get a chance to meet the central figure in one of the Crimson Tide’s most celebrated plays when Barry Krauss speaks at the Butler County University of Alabama Alumni Association meeting next week.

Krauss led the charge that stopped Penn State at the one-yard-line in the 1979 Sugar Bowl and gave the Tide the National Championship.

“He played for Alabama from 1975 to 1978, where he was an All-American,” said local alumni president Morgan Mann. “That goal line stand was also Daniel Moore’s first print.”

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Krauss was drafted in 1979 by the Baltimore Colts, and he played for the franchise for 10 years.

“Now he works as a sideline reporter for Alabama and the Indianapolis Colts,” Mann said.

It actually won’t be Krauss’s first trip to the Camellia City.

“Back in the old days, players could come to these alumni meetings, and he came to Greenville in ’78,” Mann said. “Several of our members got to meet him and get their picture taken with him then.”

Besides the keynote speech, dinner will also be served and there will be items of Alabama memorabilia raffled off.

“Anyone is welcome to come out, whether you’re an alum, a friend or just a fan,” Mann said.

The cost is $20 per person, and the proceeds go to a local scholarship fund.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at Cambrian Ridge on Aug. 25 with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call Mann at 371-7400 or e-mail