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Ray Hudson Obituary News – Former Crimson Tide Running Back Ray Hudson Dead At 42

I was quite saddened to learn that former Bama running back Ray Hudson had passed away at the age of 42, according to a number of publications (including NBC Panama City).

The circumstances of his death have not been released to the public as of the publication of this story.

Hudson’s untimely death at a young age makes him the third running back off of the 2002 Alabama team who also died young in a little over a year.

Santonio Beard, who played for the Crimson Tide from 2001-02, was shot and killed in February 2022, while Ahmaad Galloway, who was a gridiron standout from 1999-2002, died of an accidental drug overdose in January.

Hudson appeared in 42 games over four seasons with the Crimson Tide (2001-2004), rushing for 1,639 yards and seven touchdowns. After suffering a knee injury that ended his playing days at Alabama, Hudson signed with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints but was cut early in training camp in 2005.

In an interview with AL.com’s Jon Solomon in 2014, Hudson talked openly about his struggles with memory loss, rage, and despair, which he attributed to catastrophic head injuries he had sustained throughout his football career.

“I don’t see where it would’ve come from anything else,” he told AL.com. “I have anger issues and depression. I’ve never been on any kind of supplements or steroids. I’ve always been a happy-go-lucky guy my whole life.”

In one instance, Hudson recalled one such instance, with Solomon writing: “He remembers after one hard hit standing in the backfield and continually asking quarterback Brodie Croyle whether it was a run or pass play and which direction the play was going.”