Legendary Sports Writer Jimmy Smothers Remembered
Hall of Fame sports writer Jimmy Smothers passed away on Monday at age 82. Smothers spent the majority of his legendary career as the sports editor at the Gadsden Times. He joined the Times in 1961 and became sports editor in 1963. He retired in December 2006 but continued to write columns and articles for the Times.
Smothers was widely regarded as the 'Dean of Alabama Sports Writers' for his longevity and for the variety of sports he covered during his decades with the Gadsden Times. He covered the University of Alabama and Auburn University athletics for more than 45 years; the Masters for 30 years; and every NASCAR race at Talladega from the opening of the Superspeedway in 1969 through 2002.
He is an inductee of several Halls of Fame including: the Alabama High School Sports HOF, Alabama Sports Writers HOF, Etowah and DeKalb County Sports HOF.
In the featured video, we took a look back and appreciate the life and career of Jimmy Smothers.