Former Alabama Crimson Tide player and coach, Ray Perkins, passed away in his Tuscaloosa home today at the age of 79. Perkins was the first Crimson Tide head coach after Paul Bryant retired. Prominent figures from the University of Alabama commented on his passing.

"Ray Perkins was a great friend and an outstanding football coach who served The University of Alabama with true class and integrity. Coach Perkins was a great leader who had a tremendous impact on the game of football at all levels. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Lisa, and his children Tony, Mike, Rachael and Shelby," said current Alabama Head Coach, Nick Saban.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Perkins. Just a year ago we were celebrating him as our SEC Football Legend in Atlanta, an honor he was truly deserving of. Coach Perkins served in every possible capacity of Alabama Athletics as an All-American football player, head coach and athletics director, and he will certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lisa, and children Tony, Mike, Rachael and Shelby, extended family and friends during this time,” said current Alabama Athletic Director, Greg Byrne.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Ray Perkins. Ray was a great ambassador for The University of Alabama and we will be forever grateful for his impact on the Capstone,” said current University of Alabama President, Stuart Bell.

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