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.

Andy Wittry has written for SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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