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July 6, 2012Former University of Alabama football player Clyde Goode III died Friday at age 43 after a battle with leukemia.
Goode was part of the famous family of UA players from Hazelwood High School in Town Creek, including older brothers Kerry, Pierre and Chris Goode. Clyde lettered at Alabama from 1989-91 as a defensive back.
"Him being the little brother, he'd sit back and watch all the things he did and learn what not to do, or at least how to get around getting in trouble," said Kerry Goode. "All three of us made MVP in our classification in high school - Pierre did us one better, he made Mr. Football for all the classifications - and for him to be the next one up I would think it would be a lot of pressure on a little brother, but he handled it as well as anyone could. He told us don't expect me to be you, I'm going to do it my way."
The youngest sibling made the most of the family's football fame.
"When I was being recruited, and he also did it when Chris was being recruited, he'd get all his friends together to come meet the coaches who came through to make an official visit at the house and he charged (the friends) all a dollar," Kerry Goode said. "He made a killing on coaches visiting.
"Later on, when Pierre came through, it went from friends to a couple of adults and he upped the ante on them. He had that entrepreneurial spirit."
When those coaches came calling on Clyde, he chose Alabama even though he didn't have a scholarship offer.
"He said he never considered going anywhere else, and he had offers to go elsewhere and chose to walk on at Alabama," Kerry Goode said. "He had fun, he loved the game and he loved Alabama. All of his high schools years, he'd been in Tuscaloosa more than he had probably been in Hazelwood games. He was there every weekend, and in the summer I would have him come stay with me."
At Alabama, Clyde Goode was a friend and a teammate.
"Everybody on the team like him," said Jason Abrams, a former teammate. "He always had a smile on his smile and was always positive. He never had anything negative to say. Everybody considered Clyde a friend. He was my favorite guy on the team."
Clyde Goode was diagnosed with the disease on Christmas Eve in 2010. A resident of McCalla who worked as a pharmaceutical representative for a Birmingham company, Goode passed away at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham.
Bradley Harper contributed to this story.