By Dixon Hayes
GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Two men whose names live on in the history of the University of Alabama met for the first time Friday in Gadsden.
James Hood was one of the first African American students to enroll at the school in 1963, following Governor George Wallace's famous "stand in the schoolhouse door." Mark Ingram is the Crimson Tide running back who won the Heisman Trophy in 2009, the first Alabama player to ever do so.
Ingram was in Gadsden Friday for an autograph signing session at Bridals By Rita, when he found Hood waiting to meet him. Hood moved to Gadsden two years ago. When the two met, they spoke briefly and posed for some photos.
Dr. Hood--who left Alabama after two months in 1963, but returned in 1995 for his doctorate--called the meeting with Ingram a "wonderful feeling, to know someone's made another impact."
"It was a pleasure to meet him, a great honor," said Ingram of meeting Hood. "We kind of started it all off for all of us...I'm going to cherish that moment, I'm going to save that picture right there."
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