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STACEY BAILEY, Former NFL Player
• Wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons throughout his NFL career
• Drafted in the 1982 after outstanding career at San Jose State
• Played in the NFL from 1982-1990
• Along with former teammates Floyd Hodge and Corey Louchey founded the Infinity football Academy, with a goal to educate, train, develop and enhance the athletic abilities of young student athletes. (Infinity is the perfect partner for Pro Start Academy.)

 

JOE CRIBBS, Former NFL and USFL Player
• Drafted in the second round of the NFL draft
• Started all 16 games of his rookie year with Buffalo, finishing with 1185 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns
• His performance earned him consensus AFC Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the Pro Bowl (the only rookie chosen as a starter that year)
• Played in a total of 3 Pro Bowls
• In addition to the “Bills” played with Birmingham Stallions, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins
• Currently a successful businessman and philanthropist in the Birmingham, AL

 

ISAAC CURTIS, Former NFL Player
• Drafted by Cincinnati Bengals in the 1st round of the 1973 NFL draft (15th overall)
• Made starting lineup as a rookie and had a superb season – recording 45 receptions for 843 yards and 9 touchdowns, averaging of 18.7 yards per catch
• Was a major contributor until his retirement after the 1984 season with 4 Pro Bowl appearances
• Selected 2nd team All-Pro for 3 consecutive
• Had a Super Bowl appearance and a career that spanned 12 years with 7,101 yards in receptions and 53 touchdowns
• Currently a philanthropist, his Curtis Breeden Foundation has raised over $5 million for a host of charities

 

DR. LOUIS J. DELL ITALIA M.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System
• Specialty Cardiovascular Hospital Affiliations UAB Hospital Faculty Title Professor School of Medicine Georgetown University 1978
• Internship Georgetown Hospital Residencies 1978 to 1981, Georgetown University Hospital
• Fellowship University of Texas Health Science Center from 1981 to 1983
• Certifications American Board of Cardiology, 1983 and American Board of Internal Medicine, 1982

 

SUSAN GARY, Pro Start Academic Development Director
• Currently the Research Coordinator for the Rockdale Magnet School for Science, Research II and IV
• Instructs magnet chemistry, magnet a.p. chemistry, and magnet research chemistry III and IV
• Has a Bachelor in Environmental studies from the University of New Orleans
• A Master of Arts in Science Teaching with a concentration in Chemistry, from the College of Sciences at the University of New Orleans Gifted Education Endorsement in the State of Georgia
• 1998 University of New Orleans Alumni Association Early Achievement Award
• 2005 National Association of Student Council High School Advisor of the year Region 8
• 2002 Southern Association of Student Council Advisor of the year
• 2004 Georgia Association of Student Council Advisor of the Yea

 

HUGH GREEN, Former NFL Player
• Former Linebacker in the National Football League
• Played eleven seasons from 1981 to 1991 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins
• Considered to be one of the greatest linebackers in Buccaneers’ history
• Had a stellar college career as a defensive end for the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1970’s where he was a three time ALL-American
• Won a Walter Camp Maxwell Award and the Lombardi Award
• Finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting,
• Is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was named the fifth greatest college football player of ALL-Time by collegefootballnews.com
• Currently retired and focusing on his philanthropic efforts with his own organization

 

ABNER HAYNES, Former NFL and AFL Player
• Exciting running back and return specialist Born in Denton Texas who still owns nine franchise records, including most points in a game (30), most touch in a game (five), highest career average gain rushing (4.84), most rushing touch downs in a season (13) and game (4), most combined yards in a career (8,442) and season (2,100)
• Played for AFL (the Dallas Texans) and NFL (the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins)
• Led club in rushing 4 times: 1960-62 and 1964
• Selected as AFL’s first player of the year in 1960 when he was the league’s first rushing champion with 875 yard
• Became the first player in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards
• One of the first players to integrate college football in the south, Graduated from University of North Texas
• After retiring from football Abner began a career with the Zale Corporation as an HR & Employee Officer after leaving the Zale corporation, represented professional athletes as a sports agent, including such players as Rayfield Wright, Joe Green, Clint Longley, Jean Fugett, Harvey Martin, Thomas Hollywood Henderson and over 100 others
• Currently a retired Husband to wife Lupe, Businessman and founder of the Abner Haynes Heroes of Football where he is chairman of the organization made up of over 200 retired NFL players.

 

DR. PRISCILLA JOHNSON, Ph.d., MSN, Assistant Director for Administrative & Clinical Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine
• Oversees day-to-day operations of the CRC with special attention to administration matters (i.e. budget negotiations, contracts, etc.)

 

LAWRENCE J. LEMAK, M.D, founding partner of Lemak Sports Medicine.
He has played an integral role in sports medicine and arthroscopy research. Sports Medicine many professional sports organizations call upon Dr. Lemak’s expertise as he serves as Medical Director for Major League Soccer, NFL Europe, Professional Golf Association and the Ladies Professional Golf Association. He is also Team Physician for many colleges and universities including Auburn University, Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Montevallo.

 

FRANZ T. LOHRKE
Dr. Franz T. Lohrke is currently an Associate Professor of Management, Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, and Chair of the Management & Marketing Department at Samford University.

 

JIM MCNALLY, former Offensive Line Coach Buffalo Bills• One of the most highly regarded position coaches in the National Football League, Jim McNally made a immediate impact in his two seasons as the Bills offensive line coach.
• In 2005 Jim helped second –year tackle Jason Peters, an undrafted free agent, develop into a starter

• The offensive line paved the way for Willis McGhee’s career-high 1,247 yards in 2004. Jim coached HOF offensive tackle
• Anthony Munoz and the Bengal’s advanced to the Super Bowl two times during his tenure and many other Pro Offensive linemen in his 27 years in the league with Cincinnati, Carolina, The New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills.

 

FRED MITCHELL, Sports Writer Chicago Tribune
• Covered events across the globe ranging from the Chicago Bears football program, the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia
• Chronicled achievements of Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Ryne Sandberg, Tony Dorsett, Brian Urlacher and many others
• Has written 7 books, including Cubs Where Have You Gone? – and one he co-authored (Playing Through) with the late Earl Woods, father of PGA golfer Tiger Woods
• Teaches advanced journalism at Columbia University

 

DON W. PENNEY, MD, MSC., FACEP, FAAEM, Neurological Surgeon, Gwinnett Medical Center
Dr. Penney performs in excess of 250 major cases each year, both spinal and cranial procedures at his private practice in neurosurgery at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA. Each year Dr. Penney delivers lectures throughout the country on topics of particular interest to him, including sports head injuries, hydrocephalus, neurotrauma and Arnold Chiari malformation.

 

GEORGE D. PETERSON, Pro Start Success Strategy Development Director
• Joined Merrill Lynch in 2005 after a successful career in sales and marketing in the technology sector, and as an entrepreneur
• As a Pro Start instructor he will teach student athletes how to understand financial wellness and to reach long term financial goals

 

CARL PICKENS, Former NFL Player
• Former Wide receiver who played for the Tennessee Volunteers, Cincinnati Bengal’s, Tennessee Titans, and the Dallas Cowboys
• Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the associated
Press in 1992
• Set Bengal’s record in 1985 for receptions in a single season with 99, breaking the previous record of 71 set by Dan Ross in the 1981 season
• Surpassed his own record by recording 100 receptions in 1996
• In his 9 NFL seasons recorded 540 receptions for 7,129 yards and 63 touchdowns while gaining another 307 yards and 1 touchdown on punt returns
• As of the 2005 season his 530 receptions and 63 receiving touchdowns are the most in franchise history
• Currently a successful businessman and Philanthropist in the Atlanta, Georgia

 

JAMES POWELL, Broadcast Consultant
• Jim has over 35 years in television broadcasting. He led the design of television stations in Chicago and Los Angeles for NBC. In his role as Senior Vice President of Operations for NBC in Burbank. CA, he lead the design and technical development of Access Hollywood and converted the Tonight Show to the first regularly scheduled high definition show.
•Jim has two National Emmys for his role as Technical Supervisor in the Olympics at Atlanta and Sydney.
•Jim was the President and General Manager of the NBC station WVTM in Birmingham and led his team the sale of the station to Media General in June of 2006.

 

CAROLYN Y. ROGERS, Director of Scholarships the University of Alabama
• Responsible for the overall management of scholarships at The University of Alabama
• Coordinates scholarship application process and all academic scholarships and policies
• Organizes annual consolidated scholarship application process
• Coordinates annual merit-based scholarship recruitment day: recruiting top scholars from across the state, and disseminating scholarship information to high school and junior college counselors and prospective students and parents

 

GALE SAYERS, Former NFL Player
• Two-time College All American
• College Hall of Fame
• First round draft choice by Chicago Bears
• Rookie of the Year
• All Pro
• Member NFL Hall of Fame
• NFL 75th Anniversary ALL-Time Team
• Ranked number 21 on Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Football Players
• Jersey # 40 retired at Soldier field in 1994
• Currently CEO of a computer company, public speaker, businessman and philanthropist
• Autobiography, I am Third
•The 1971 hit movie, Brian’s Song (remake 2001), featured his friendship with fellow team-mate Brian Piccolo in his final days

 

MANUEL SEAL, JR., Grammy winning Songwriter & Producer
• Multi platinum songwriter & Grammy winning record producer
•He has written many hit singles included but not limited to Mariah Carey’s 1996 hit “Always Be My Baby”, and 2005 Grammy winning “We Belong Together”, as well as Ushers 1997’s “You Make Me Wanna…”, and the 2004 Usher & Alicia Keys hit “My Boo”
• Currently living in Atlanta as successful songwriter and Philanthropist
• Co-founder of Pro-Start Academy & the Leon Bender Epilepsy Research Foundation

 

COACH JACKIE SHERRILL, Former NCAA Head Coach
• Served as assistant coach at several schools before earning head coaching positions at Washington State, Texas A&M, University of Pittsburgh and Mississippi State
• In 13 seasons at Starkville coached the Bulldogs to a 75-75-2 record and led the team to an SEC title in ’98, a 10-2 record and #12 final ranking in ’99
• Along with Snyder of Kansas State, was amongst the first to use the rich JUCO systems of Kansas and Mississippi to help their programs progress
• Winning coach at Mississippi State despite rivals like Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida
• Under his head coaching his teams have played in 14 major Bowl games with an astonishing number of players drafted by the NFL



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