Boy Scouts, foot­ball def­i­nitely have sim­i­lar­i­ties

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Terry Dean CCH Edi­tor

What do scout­ing and foot­ball have in com­mon? More than you think ac­cord­ing to a for­mer start­ing quar­ter­back for the Alabama Crim­son Tide who also spent time in the pros.

John Parker Wil­son was the key­note speaker for the re­cent Cherokee County Friends of Scout­ing (FOS) Ban­quet held in the Cherokee County Cham­ber of Com­merce meet­ing room on the cam­pus of Gads­den State Com­mu­nity Col­lege-Cherokee.

Andy Lowe, mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the event, shared some bi­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on Wil­son, not­ing his ca­reer as a three-year starter for Alabama as quar­ter­back from 2006 to 2009.

John Parker Wil­son, for­mer quar­ter­back for the Alabama Crim­son Tide, shares some of the things foot­ball and scout­ing have in com­mon dur­ing the re­cent Cherokee County Friends of Scout­ing Break­fast.

“Dur­ing his sopho­more sea­son he threw for over 200 yards in the first seven games of the sea­son set­ting a new school record. Fin­ished with a school record of nine 200-yard games,” said Lowe. “In his se­nior sea­son. Wil­son led the Crim­son Tide to a 12 and 2 sea­son and the reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale he led Alabama to a 36-0 over state ri­val Auburn giv­ing a six game los­ing streak to Tigers.”

“When his ca­reer at Alabama ended, Wil­son held ev­ery sig­nif­i­cant pass­ing record in Alabama School his­tory,” said Lowe.

“He was signed as a free agent in 2009 and spent four years in the NFL with the At­lanta Fal­cons, Jack­sonville Jaguars and the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers,” said Lowe. “He cur­rently lives in Birm­ing­ham with his wife, Tyler and is a fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor with Mor­gan Stan­ley.”

“It is a pretty spe­cial deal for both of you guys Johnny and Ed,” said Wil­son, who ac­knowl­edged Ed Allen Jr. and Johnny Roberts, Heart of the Ea­gle Award re­cip­i­ents for 2017. “How cool is it to be here speak­ing to you guys this morn­ing. I ap­pre­ci­ate you let­ting me come.”

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