FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM

Former Alabama Football Player Celebrates 100th Birthday At Paul W. Bryant Museum

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Placed next to Paul “Bear” Bryant’s office sat another Alabama football legend who celebrated a milestone birthday.

Don Salls, who was born on June 24, 1919, celebrated his 100th birthday at the Bryant Museum on Monday. The former Alabama fullback was greeted by friends, family and some of the players he coached while at Jacksonville State.

“It’s nice to see all of these old friends,” Salls said. “It’s a great reunion is what it is.”

Salls moved from New York to play for the Crimson Tide. After his time in the Crimson and White, Salls served in the military during World War II. In his time serving oversees he earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Shortly after his return, Salls became the head coach of Jacksonville State. There, he amassed a 95-57-11 record in 19 years as a head coach. Salls has the most wins in program history and led the Gamecocks to seven conference titles.

“Coming from New York, its unbelievable,” Salls said. “I would have never thought I would have ended up in Alabama. But, I got a chance to get a scholarship and I got through one year of my scholarship and I thought, ‘well I’m going to stick around.’”

His advice to younger generations is straightforward.

“Well, I think it’s very simple,” Salls said. “Love life, love your wife, but love the Lord.”

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&lt;p lang=&quot;en&quot; dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Family and friends sing &ldquo;Happy Birthday&rdquo; to former University of Alabama football player Don Salls. Salls turned 100 today and is the oldest living Alabama football letterman. Tune into &lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/wvua23?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;@wvua23&lt;/a&gt; tonight at 5 p.m. for more on the celebration. &lt;a href=&quot;https://t.co/5mGXxzMYIG&quot;&gt;pic.twitter.com/5mGXxzMYIG&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;&mdash; James Benedetto (@james_benedetto) &lt;a href=&quot;https://twitter.com/james_benedetto/status/1143240400951554049?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;June 24, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;”}}

FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM
FORMER ALABAMA FOOTBALL PLAYER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT PAUL W. BRYANT MUSEUM

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