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Longtime Tuscaloosa News sports editor and columnist Cecil Hurt dies at 62

Cecil Hurt, an Alabama institution and legend, dies at 62
Cecil Hurt, an Alabama institution and legend, dies at 62(David Gray/UA Athletics)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 5:19 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 6:11 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Cecil Hurt, longtime sports columnist at The Tuscaloosa News, died Tuesday at UAB Hospital from complications from pneumonia.

Hurt, who was 62, joined The Tuscaloosa News in 1982 as a sports writer and seven years later became the newspaper’s sports editor and columnist.

“In pro football, teams put a ‘franchise’ tag on their most valuable players, and at The Tuscaloosa News, Cecil was the franchise,” said Ken Roberts, city editor of The Tuscaloosa News. “Our readers considered his column an essential part of being an Alabama football fan.

“I’ve attended Alabama football games for more than 30 years and many, many times I’ve overheard a fan in stands saying, ‘I wonder what Cecil Hurt will say about this.’ I think that shows the power of his skills as a writer.

“The University of Alabama has that slogan, ‘Where Legends Are Made,” and whenever I see that I think, ‘The only legend I’ve known personally is Cecil Hurt.’

“We’ve lost a truly unique voice and we will miss Cecil as a consummate professional and, most importantly, as a person.”

A tweet sent from Hurt’s Twitter account Tuesday said, “Please keep Cecil’s family in your prayers as they cope with his passing.”

Hurt’s family thanked people for the outpouring of love and support. They also thanked the doctors, nurses and staff at UAB ICU.

Alabama Football called Hurt, ‘An Alabama Institution.’

Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban on the Passing of Cecil Hurt:

“Cecil Hurt was a good friend and one of the best sports writers I have ever had the privilege of working with, not just at Alabama, but at all of our coaching stops. He was a man of integrity and a fair-minded journalist blessed with wit, wisdom and an ability to paint a picture with his words that few have possessed. Cecil was loved throughout this community and state as an old-school journalist who covered the Alabama beat with class and professionalism. He was a role model for young writers and the most trusted source of news for Alabama fans everywhere. He leaves a wonderful legacy as one of sports journalism’s best. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as well as Alabama fans everywhere who loved Cecil as much as we did.”

Cecil Hurt, an Alabama institution and legend, dies at 62
Cecil Hurt, an Alabama institution and legend, dies at 62(David Gray/UA Athletics)

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