While the Tide athletes are taking exams and are doing more to get good grades rather than make news, I thought it might be fun to look back at one of my favorite videos I shot from this year.
Alabama All-America center Barrett Jones received an award Oct. 3 for making the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which includes only 11 players nationally. So, naturally, he received the award while he was doing some good works. Jones visited the CrossingPoints program at Garland Hall on the Alabama campus, talking to the students about overcoming adversity.
According to the CrossingPoints website, the program is a collaboration between the University of Alabama’s Special Education and Multiple Abilities Department in the College of Education and the Tuscaloosa City and County School Systems. The purpose of CrossingPoints is to provide transition services for students with disabilities ages 18-21.
After a rousing rendition of “Yea Alabama” (which makes the video good for me), Jones spoke to the students. Then he got his award, which was presented by former Alabama star Jay Barker, quarterback of the Tide’s 1992 national championship team. He is now an Allstate agent in Birmingham as well as a radio talk-show host.
Only 117 players were nominated, and Jones made it for his community service, which includes helping Tuscaloosa and Birmingham tornado cleanup, visiting local hospitals and participating in two mission trips to Haiti and one to Nicaragua.
We’ve got video (shot by me) of the whole event. It’s about eight minutes long and includes, in order: “Yea Alabama,” Jones’ speech to the students, Barker presenting the award and Alabama mascot Big Al making an appearance. Even if you don’t watch the whole video, the “Yea Alabama” part is pretty cute.