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Former Alabama player Rowdy Harrell and wife killed in crash during honeymoon


Rowdy Harrell{ }(Photo: Hendrick Motorsports)

A former former Alabama Crimson Tide football player and his wife were tragically killed in a crash during their honeymoon in Florida.

Rowdy Harrell and his wife Blakely were killed in the Florida crash on Tuesday night.

According to Sports Illustrated, the couple were celebrating their honeymoon in the Florida Keys after getting married over the weekend.

Harrell was 30 years old.

Harrell was a walk-on linebacker for the Crimson Tide's 2009, 2011 and 2012 national championship teams.

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He was hired by Hendrick Motorsports in September 2013.

According to Hendrick Motorsports, Harrell most recently worked with the No. 88 NASCAR Cup Series team of driver Alex Bowman. He was also a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion pit crew member with JR Motorsports.

“Our entire team is absolutely devastated at the loss of Rowdy and Blakley,” said Greg Ives, who was Harrell’s crew chief for the past six seasons. “They were such positive, giving and passionate people who could not have been a more perfect match. Rowdy had an energetic and infectious personality. He was the heart and soul of our team and always kept us motivated, no matter the circumstance. Rowdy shared his love with the people around him and was loved in return. Although he will be greatly missed, his memory will continue to inspire us always. Our prayers are with Rowdy, Blakley and their wonderful family.”