Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings recovering from stroke

By The Sports Xchange  |  May 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM
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College Football Hall of Famer Gene Stallings, who coached Alabama to the 1992 national championship, said he is recovering from a stroke in his hometown of Paris, Texas.

Stallings, 82, told Alabama reporters on a conference call that he suffered the stroke on Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., prior to a banquet in which Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was the featured speaker. Swinney played at Alabama during Stallings' tenure as coach from 1990-96.

"Bottom line is I'm not supposed to do anything for five, six weeks," Stallings said.

Stallings said he started not feeling well around noon CT on Thursday. His condition worsened before and during the banquet, and he said he lost peripheral vision out of his right eye. Stallings sought medical attention around 10 p.m.

He said he will undergo further testing.

Stallings recorded a 70-16-1 record in his seven seasons as Crimson Tide coach, including a 13-0 mark in the championship season. He had a 97-61-2 overall record in 14 seasons as a college coach, including a 27-45-1 record at Texas A&M from 1965-71.

He also spent four seasons as an NFL head coach with the Cardinals from 1986-89 -- two years when the franchise was located in St. Louis and the other two in Phoenix. He posted a 23-34-1 record.

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