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NCAA Football: Alabama at Auburn John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The year was 1966. My dad was finishing his senior year of high school in a small town north of Birmingham, Ala. He was offered a scholarship to play football at Auburn University and the rest is history.

He quickly earned a role as a starting defensive lineman, lettered each year he played and became the first person in his family to graduate from college. College athletics changed the course of my dad’s life.

He married a girl who graduated from Alabama, and they had three kids. I grew up the youngest of those three (and was the only girl), so quality time with Dad meant hunting, fishing, learning how to balance a checkbook, playing golf and watching college football. It was the watching football part I enjoyed most.

That quickly grew into a passion for all sports, which is still the case.

I’ll spare you the details, but I have two degrees - one from Auburn, and one from Alabama. If you’d asked me five years ago, I would have predicted that I have a job in some sport-related field and that I am married to a coach.

As it turns out, I work for a nonprofit and I’m married to a man who doesn’t know when National Signing Day is. Funny how that happens.

I’m grateful to be part of the crew at Team Speed Kills, and I’m excited to see Jarrett Stidham pick apart SEC defenses this Fall.