By Emily Williams
Retired NFL star and Alabama Sports Hall of Famer Bobby Humphrey will take to the podium rather than the field for the Hoover Beautification Board’s 34th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 3.
“We are very excited about the 2016 Prayer Breakfast and the speaker, my good friend and Hoover resident Bobby Humphrey,” Mayor Gary Ivey said. Showing his support, Humphrey attended Ivey’s announcement for re-election earlier this month.
In his youth, Humphrey spent football seasons watching the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide play at Legion Field where he worked as a vendor. In 1985, his life-long dream came true as he received a scholarship to the university as well as an invitation to play for his favorite team.
He racked up record-breaking stats during his sophomore and junior years and was named to the All-SEC team. His senior year, he signed with the Denver Broncos during the first round of the 1989 supplemental draft. In his rookie season he rushed for more than 1,100 yards and was named AFC Rookie of the Year. He continued his football career with the Miami Dolphins and served as the first head coach for the Birmingham Steeldogs arena football team.
Humphrey has not slowed down since leaving football, he is vice president of business development for Bryant Bank, serves on Hoover’s Parks and Recreation board and manages the Speed City Track Club. An active member of his church, Humphrey enjoys using his civic and business opportunities to spread faith and support to the younger generations.
The Prayer Breakfast, emceed by ABC 33/40’s Brenda Ladun, will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel ballroom. Tickets are $25 each or $250 for a table of 10 and can be purchased until April 25 through the Hoover Library’s Library Theatre box office.
For more information, contact Lori Salter-Schommer at 444-7588.