Catching Up With Former Tide Stars

'Bama Magazine/ was on hand for the 15th annual Jimmy Rane Charity event and spoke to plenty of prominent Alabama players and coaches in the process.

Former Alabama players and coaches were among the celebrity guests last week at the 15th annual Jimmy Rane Charity event at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa. Established in 2000, the Jimmy Rane Foundation is dedicated to awarding college scholarships to students from across the country.

Twenty-eight students from 11 states -- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas -- were 2015 scholarship recipients. They will be attending 24 different universities. A total of 250 scholarships have been awarded to students through the years.

The keynote speaker was Taya Kyle. She is the wife of the late Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL, New York Times Best Selling Author, and famous for the movie and autobiography, American Sniper. Her heart-rending speech recounting the dramatic turn of events in her life and the road yet to be traveled captivated the sold out audience. She spoke of her husband’s heroic actions and continues to advocate for veterans, first responders and their families by raising funds for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

Jimmy Rane and Taya Kyle

Fans frequently ponder the thought of former stars from the past competing in the present era. The Jimmy Rane Charity Golf Tournament Banquet and subsequent outing the next morning at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville was a perfect opportunity to pose the question to former Alabama players. Among the Crimson Tide stars of the past interviewed were fullback Johnny Lee Davis, middle linebacker Barry Krauss, safeties Murray Legg and Kevin Jackson, running backs Kerry Goode and Bobby Humphrey, cornerback Antonio Langham, and quarterback Andrew Zow. Additionally, they voiced their opinions on the current state of the game.

Former Alabama coaches Gene Stallings and Wimp Sanderson chimed in with relevant observations from their respective sports – football and basketball. Former Ohio State football coach John Cooper addressed a few of the issues as well.



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