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Andy Wittry | NCAA.com | September 3, 2017

UAB has inspirational game ball presentation in first game back

  Timothy Alexander presented the game ball on Saturday.

Timothy Alexander promised he would walk out on the field when the UAB football team returned. Saturday marked the return of the Blazers, and Alexander – a 2015 UAB grad and the team's director of character development – held up his promise, presenting the game ball after getting out of his wheelchair and walking to midfield with some assistance. 

Alexander was paralyzed in a car accident in 2006, then he trained in his rehabilitation with the UAB football team and he even received his own jersey – No. 87. Alexander was also a key figure in rallying support for the return of the school's football program.

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Watch Alexander present the game ball below.