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Shaun Alexander - Part 2

Even though an ankle injury caused Alexander to miss a bid at the Heisman, he was still looking ahead ... <br><br> <i>This story is exclusively for Premium Ticket members. To find out how to gain access for just a few bucks while donating to some great charities, <a href=""> click here.</a>

He finished his college career with more than 3,700 yards and owns several Alabama (rushing) records.

He has come a long way for a career that began innocently enough.

"What we had was a gangly 14-year-old kid who wore glasses," said Thompson, who was an assistant coach for Boone County when Alexander entered school in 1990.

According to Thompson, Alexander earned a start as sophomore thanks to a teammate's injury. He never found his way out of the starting lineup after that. By the time his career was finished, his name was as prevalent in the Kentucky high school football record books as it was in the local newspapers.

He was dubbed "Alexander the Great," and for good reason. His numbers on the field were good enough to earn him that distinction.

As a junior at Boone County, he rushed for more than 2,400 yards. It was enough to earn him a spot on the first-team all-state football team as voted by both the Louisville Courier-Journal and Associated Press.

His performance caught the eyes of scouts from every area of the country. A 352-yard, 7-touchdown performance in his junior year landed him in Sports Illustrated.

Since then, Alexander has been no stranger to the media spotlight. For the last decade, the exploits of Shaun Alexander have been splashed all over newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcasts and web sites.

He even remembers the first time he was in the paper, and it wasn't for his football exploits.

Stay tuned for Part 3.

This article is reprinted with permission from the Florence Recorder Top Stories