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The sudden loss of Alabama Crimson Tide legend Cecil Hurt

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The Alabama Crimson Tide community lost one of their own today in legendary Tuscaloosa News sports reporter Cecil Hurt.

Alabama Crimson Tide sports writer Cecil Hurt dies at 62

There are no words to praise the man who never seemed to be without them.

I didn’t know Cecil personally, but he was the kind of person who made everyone feel like old friends. He has become one of the most respected members of the media in the country, certainly by Nick Saban’s standards. He covered Alabama track and field from Bryant to Saban and everything in between. No one knew Tide sports better than Cecil Hurt.

No one had a way with words like Cecil Hurt either. In the brightest lights and darkest nights, Cecil had a way of saying exactly what everyone needed to hear but couldn’t articulate. From championships to tragedies, Cecil wrote it all. It was an art he mastered with years of experience, poise and grace.

Cecil was revered and respected as a journalist. Many knew that no rumors regarding the Crimson Tide were true until Cecil Hurt brought it up. He faithfully served the Alabama Crimson Tide community for almost 40 years. He has received a Pulitzer Prize shared in 2011 for The Tuscaloosa News’ coverage of the 2011 tornado that ravaged the city. He was also inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.

An excellent writer and an even better man… Tributes pour in on Twitter with memories and personal aside from those who shared a little interaction with Cecil that made them feel larger than life.

My only interaction with Cecil came after Tim Brando called up an article I wrote on Twitter that he felt whining. Cecil Hurt came to my defense with Mr. Brando.

Let me tell you, there is no greater compliment. I was amazed. Cecil Hurt is the man every sports reporter in Alabama aspires to be. Knowing that he had read something that I had written humiliated me.

Cecil Hurt was the kind of person who made everyone feel like someone. Twitter is flooded with fond memories and love for Cecil from all over. Sporting allegiances aside, everyone respected Cecil’s work. His quick wit and beautiful words will be sadly missed. His legacy lives on in every sports journalist in Alabama who idolized him.

In one of his most moving columns, Cecil Hurt recalled Alabama basketball super fan Luke Ratcliff who died at a young age earlier this year. Cecil recalled a story where Luke ran home from Starkville to be in Tuscaloosa when the basketball team came back from a big win. Her goal was to be there to welcome them home.

Referring to Cecil’s last line, I can only hope today he was greeted with a “plaid coat and a whirling cigar” and Fluff saying “I had to hurry so I would be there to greet you. “. RIP Cecil Hurt.