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Oct 10, 2017

October 28th, 2006 was a day that changed Timothy Alexander’s life. A car accident left the heavily recruited tight-end receiver paralyzed from the neck down. Almost 11 years later, Alexander walked out with the UAB Football squad to the middle of the field, kissed the ball, and thanked God for where he’s at.

Alexander continues to be a role model for people both in and out of the sports world who think they can’t achieve their hopes and dreams with their given circumstances. Timothy talks about his faith, his hope, his motivation for sitting up at the end of his bed every morning and refusing to let his circumstances determine his mindset for how he is going to live out the next 24 hours.

“We don’t need it to be easy, we need it to be possible.”

Our society today needs motivators such as Timothy to spread the happiness and love that he flushes out from his heart into the world every time he talks. “We need hope.” This is a man who is driven, not by what has happened to him, but by the possibility and power created by his comeback. In sports, we talk about how the players who suffered from a horrific injury such as an ACL tear, or a torn labarum come back to be even better than they were. This story is one in the same. Alexander has made the ultimate comeback and continues to give back to the people around him, the programs he loves and cares about such as UAB football, and to his faith.

“I ask people 3 things: Who are you? Why are you here? Who are you doing it for? And if you don’t know those 3 things, you’re more disabled than I am.”

Timothy speaks to a bigger issue throughout this podcast. People need to know their purpose rather than just pressing the cruise control on life.

We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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