Former Alabama QB dies after years of health issues

Vince Sutton played quarterback at Alabama from 1984-88.(

Former Alabama quarterback Vince Sutton passed away Thursday, his hometown newspaper reported.

The LaGrange (Ga.) Daily News reported Sutton died after years of health problems. Sutton, a quarterback from 1984-88, was in need of a kidney transplant in 2011, reported at the time.

Sutton was the last Alabama true freshman to start at quarterback before Jalen Hurts did it in 2016.

Over four seasons, Sutton played in 21 games. He completed 92 of 215 passing attempts for 1,102 yards for 10 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

After completing his eligibility at Alabama, Sutton moved home to LaGrange and became a lieutenant at the county jail. He suffered a stroke in 2009. The kidney problems resulted from diabetes that runs in the family.

“You get used to doing things at full speed,” Sutton told in 2011. “Now you can’t do 85 percent of the things that you used to do. It’s very hard. Sometimes I sit down and think about it. What went wrong? I’ve always taken care of my body. I never drink. I’ve never smoked a day in my life. I don’t understand how these health conditions come about, but some things are just inherited.”

Preston Gordon (99) was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for Rice.
Travis Jones (right) worked for the Seattle Seahawks from 2013 until late January.

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