Former Alabama coach’s son dies

Published 3:14 pm Saturday, August 2, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — John Mark Stallings, son of former University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings, died on Saturday.

The 46-year-old John Mark was born with Down syndrome and suffered from health problems related to a congenital heart defect.

In extending sympathy to the family, Mal Moore, Alabama’s athletic director, said for someone who never played or coach a game, “I think John Mark may have touched more Alabama fans than any other person ever did. I would like to thank the Stallings family for sharing their love for John Mark with all of us.”

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John Mark’s story was detailed by his father in the book, “Another Season.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.