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2009 Hall of Fame: Jim Brown and Stan White

November 25, 2009

Jim Brown played in the series in 1977 and 1978. He helped lead Vestavia Hills to the state runner up title in 1978 and was named MVP of the State Championship Game. Jim played four years at the University of Southern Mississippi where he played in the Tangerine and Independence Bowls. He then played with the Birmingham Stallions in the USFL league in 1984 and 1985. Jim and his wife Bonnie have three daughters, Shirey, Shaley, and Jaylann. They now reside in New Smyrna Beach FL where he is Senior District Sales Manager for Godrey Marine.

Former Berry, Auburn, and New York Giants Quarterback Stan White is the 2009 Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame Recipient for Hoover High School. As a Berry sophomore, White became the starting quarterback. After accepting a football scholarship at Auburn University, he started 45 games for the Tigers culminating in an 11-0 record in 1993. With all of his high school and college accolades, he recalls the 1988 game against Minor High School as one of his most memorable football games against a team that had manhandled the Bucs earlier in the year. After playing high school, college, and pro football, he is now a State Farm Insurance Agent. Stan attributes legendary W.A. Berry High School coach Bob Finley as being one of the greatest influences on his football career and his life, teaching him the importance of genuine work ethic, attention to detail, and sincerity toward his fellow man.

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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.