Former Butler football players to honor Hall of Fame Coach John Meadows

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Long-revered Huntsville Times Sports Editor John Pruett wrote in 1977, "as long as there is a football team at Butler High School, John Meadows' name will be remembered."

Butler High School closed its doors for good in May, and while the Rebel program may be gone, the lasting impact of Coach Meadows lives on.

"I think he affected so many of us, the discipline, the sportsmanship, the things he taught us," said former Butler fullback Bill Baker.

Having left a legacy just about everywhere he has been, this iconic high school football coach's career spans 35 years at five schools in two states.

In that time, Meadows amassed 276 wins, including state titles in both Alabama and Tennessee.

"My junior year, we got beat in the state championship - undefeated until the very end, and that was just a real special team," said Baker.

Now 92-years-old, Meadows's former players and staff want to reiterate their respect for the beloved hall of famer. Rebels from his 13-year tenure as Butler's head coach have planned a reception for Sunday, November 22, to once again show him their appreciation.

"Probably the worst thing is to be forgotten and Butler is now closed," said Baker.

But thanks to Meadows and his magnetic coaching ability, the Rebel spirit will always endure.

Reception for Coach John Meadows

What: Coach John Meadows and his staff and ball players from 1966-1979

When: Sunday Nov. 22 from 2-5 p.m.

Where: Whitesburg Baptist Activity Center

If you would like to attend, contact Bill Baker at