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Croom's spring award renamed for Bart Starr

Updated: April 2, 2004, 1:07 PM ET
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- One of Alabama's spring practice awards -- the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award -- went mostly unnoticed for 16 years, but it's getting plenty of attention now that coach Mike Shula has changed the name.

Shula renamed the award, one of 15 presented annually to Crimson Tide players at the team's spring game, after former Alabama quarterback Bart Starr because Croom is now coaching at rival Mississippi State.

The decision caught Croom by surprise.

"I'm ...

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