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Class of 2014 Gridiron Legend: Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander, a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist who played at LSU from 1975-78, is regarded as one of the Southeastern Conference’s all-time great running backs.

Born and raised in Galveston, Alexander played his prep ball at Ball High School. A 2012 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Alexander twice finished in the top-10 in Heisman voting, placing ninth as a junior and fifth as a senior. The MVP of the Southeastern Conference in 1977, Alexander set nine SEC records and tied for another.  At the end of a stellar career that included a pair of All-America and All-SEC honors, his name sat atop 27 LSU records. Alexander still holds the school records for most rushes in a game (43), most yards in a season (1686) and most yards gained per game in a season (153.3).

Alexander was selected with the 12th pick in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft by Cincinnati and played in Super Bowl XVI. In addition to the College Football Hall of Fame, Alexander is a member of LSU’s Modern Day Team of the Century and both the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Alexander served as a development officer for LSU’s Tiger Athletic Foundation and is now a successful businessman in Houston.

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