FIRST STEPS on Legion Field! Tim Alexander promised he would WALK out when @UAB_FB returned #theReturn #GreaterBHAM #GoBlazers https://t.co/b89GsL3lBQ
Timothy Alexander made UAB’s first football game since 2014 worth the wait by walking the game ball to midfield.
Now serving as the team’s director of character development, the former high school player was paralyzed 11 years ago in a car accident. According to ABC 33/40’s Edward Burch, he was given a 5 percent chance of walking again.
Last year, he stepped out of his wheelchair for the first time. Per Burch, he expressed the desire to step on the field during the Blazers’ return.
“My goal is to lead the team out of the tunnel in 2017,” Alexander said. “I’m not coming out of the tunnel in a wheelchair, I know that.”
With some help, he walked the game ball to the official before Saturday’s bout against Alabama A&M. UAB followed the inspirational moment with a 38-7 victory.