Class of 2017

matt bratton

Inductee

Matt graduated from Deshler High School where he was outstanding in both football and baseball for the Tigers. He was selected to the 4A All-Area and All-State teams in 1987 as well as being named to the Alabama Super 12 team that same year. Additionally he was named the 4A-5A-6A Times Daily MVP, 4A State Player of the Year at running back by the  Alabama Sports Writers and was a finalist for "Mr. Football". Matt rushed for 1,564 yards during his senior campaign, scoring 21 touchdowns. he additionally kicked 44 extra points, scoring a total of 170 Points, while punting for a 41. 5 average per kick. Matt was not only an important weapon for Coach Tandy Geralds in football, but just as much so on the diamond for Coach Robert Young. As a senior he batted .375 and hit 7 home runs. After his impressive high school career he was awarded a football scholarship to Samford University where he played for two years before returning home to graduate from the University of North Alabama.