Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame: Eddie Lowe

Didn’t see his size as a disadvantage; neither did his opponents

The 1982 University of Alabama football media guide lists starting linebacker Eddie Lowe as 5-foot-11, 190 pounds.
You want to hear someone laugh, read that to Jeremiah Castille, Lowe’s former teammate at Central High School and Alabama.
“If Eddie’s 5-11,” Castille said through the laughter, “then I am 7-foot.”

Throughout Lowe’s entire football career that started at South Girard Junior High School and ended with nine seasons in the Canadian Football League and a spot in the Saskatchewan Roughriders ring of honor, he was measured not by his 5-foot-8 frame, but by his heart and his work ethic.

“If he were bigger, it wouldn’t have been fair,” said his high school coach Wayne Trawick.

On Saturday, Lowe will be honored for his career as he enters the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Lowe and his brother, Woodrow, become the second set of brothers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Golfers Billy and Jack Key were inducted in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Woodrow Lowe, a former University of Alabama and NFL player who is in the College Football Hall of Fame, was inducted into the local hall in 1998.

Eddie Lowe is in the 2015 class that includes Columbus High and University of North Carolina football player John Flournoy, minor league baseball manager Dennis Holmberg and local amateur golfers Wright Waddell and Carter Mize.

Ask Lowe about his size and he will tell you it was — at times — an advantage.

“What I realized was at the point of contact, you can whip anybody,” Lowe said recently. “It is just like a bullet. A bullet is small, but with speed and quickness, look at what it does to you. If you are explosive — and I worked on that — you can whip anybody.”

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