Sylvester Croom Sr.

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Reverend Sylvester Croom Sr. (June 26, 1926 – January 2, 2000) served for years after integration as chaplain for University of Alabama athletes. He was an All-American football player at Alabama A&M. He also later served as a pastor and community leader in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and has been recognized by the University of Alabama as one of the 40 pioneers of civil rights in the state.[1][2]

His son, Sylvester Croom Jr., was a successful football player at the University of Alabama under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, later becoming head coach at Mississippi State University.


  1. ^ "Pioneers". University of Alabama. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Greider, William, and DuPree, David (May 21, 1978). "Sports and Integration". Washington Post. Retrieved December 26, 2016.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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