Class of 2003
Athens High graduate Tom Calvin once led the Alabama Crimson Tide in rushing and played for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.
Calvin was captain of the Athens football team in 1946 before accepting a scholarship to Alabama. There he played in the 1948 Sugar Bowl against Texas and led the Tide in rushing in 1949.
The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Calvin in 1950. He decided to take a coaching job at Baldwin County High School where he compiled a 7-2-1 record. After one year of coaching, he signed with the Steelers and played four years in the NFL.
In 1956, he started coaching football at Sylacauga High School where he stayed for 21 years, winning a state title in 1957 and racking up 135 WIns.
After Sylacauga, he took the head football coaching position at Austin High School in Decatur. In 11 years, Calvin's teams won 62 games and four area championships.
Calvin is a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame and had 204 career coaching victories.