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John Mark Stallings Dead at 46

John Mark Stallings with dad Gene StallingsJohn Mark Stallings, the son of former Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings, died Saturday morningat the age of 46.  Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register notes that, “He suffered from Down syndrome, and became an unforgettable part of the Crimson Tide’s football family during his dad’s successful tenure in the 1990s.”

Mal Moore, Alabama’s athletics director, issued a statement on behalf of the ‘Bama family:

“I’ve known John Mark Stallings his entire life,” Moore said. “I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Coach Stallings, Ruth Ann and the entire Stallings family. For someone who never played or coached 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.”

John Mark was indeed a fixture at the Capstone during his dad’s too-short tenure there.  He’ll be missed and all of Bama Nation’s hearts go out to the Stallings family.

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