Longtime Arizona Sports Columnist Simpson to Retire

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By: E&P Staff

Longtime Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen sports columnist Corky Simpson will be retiring Dec. 21.

Simpson, 68, joined the Citizen in 1974 and became lead sports columnist in 1980. He covered the World Series, the Final Four, the Olympics, and other events — and was the initial inductee when the Arizona Associated Press Sports Editors started a state sports journalism hall of fame three years ago, according to a Tuesday article in The Decatur (Ala.) Daily.

Why was an Alabama newspaper writing about Simpson? The Daily explained: “If you remember Simpson, then you remember the 1992 college football season when Alabama won a national championship. Until the season’s final rankings, nobody voted Gene Stallings’ Crimson Tide first in The Associated Press poll, except for Simpson … who put Alabama first on his preseason ballot and kept the Tide there all season.”

Alabama showed its appreciation in several ways, including inviting Simpson to be grand marshal for the championship parade in Tuscaloosa. The car he was riding in broke down, but Simpson walked the rest of the route.

The Citizen is compiling a book of Simpson’s best work, according to the Daily.

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