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Ex-Ala. Player Ed Salem, 72, Dies

December 24, 2001

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Ed Salem, an All-American at Alabama who played a memorable game against Auburn when the two schools revived the series in 1948, died of complications from diabetes. He was 72.

Salem, who died Wednesday, went on to briefly play for the Washington Redskins, and with Montreal of the Canadian Football League.

He also was the longtime owner of a popular Birmingham restaurant called Ed Salem’s.

When Alabama and Auburn renewed their series in 1948 after 42 years, Salem led the Crimson Tide to a 55-0 win over the Tigers. Salem threw touchdown passes of 20, 53 and 30 yards, scored on a 17-yard run, kicked seven extra points and played safety on defense.

Salem is survived by his wife, Ann; four sons, Edward Jr., Wayne, Stephen and James; a brother, George; and a sister, Helen Zaden.

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