Timothy Alexander: UAB football player’s drive to inspire and will to win

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Timothy Alexander has overcome great adversity and is here today to share his inspiring story.

His drive to succeed in all aspects of life is a reminder that life is valuable and to cherish each and every moment.

On October 28, 2006, Timothy was involved in a serious car accident on his way to the Magic City Classic with two friends and his friend’s young nephew.

After his friend fell asleep behind the wheel on the highway, the car smashed into a telephone pole.  Timothy punched out the window and was able to save the baby’s life. Within minutes, the car rolled down the hill leaving Timothy paralyzed from the neck down. The doctor said that he would never walk again.

“It happened so quickly,” Timothy said.  “One day I was walking and the next day I was rolling.”

But that didn’t stop Timothy from pursuing his dreams.

Before the accident, Timothy was one of the top tight ends in the state of Alabama and played for Erwin High School.

His determination and heart landed him a spot on the football roster at UAB.

Timothy Alexander, number 87.

“I thank God for Coach Garrick McGee,” said Timothy.  “I don’t mean to interrupt you but I am going to be one of the greatest football players that ever came through UAB.  God told me that.  He looked at me and said, ‘I want you a part of this program because it took heart’ and this is what sparked the moment.  He always talked about what started the blaze.”

On April 1, 2006, several months before the wreck, Timothy’s house caught on fire and his brother, David Woodard, saved him.

Just two weeks later, his brother David, was in a car accident that took his life.

Timothy recalls a time before a high school football game when his brother shared some words of encouragement.  “‘Tim I want you to be the best you can be.  If you want to go to the NFL, I want you to aim high and go.  I want you to always remember that I love you.’ When he told me that and the next day he died in this car wreck and had to go through that, I told myself that I would leave everything out on the field for him.”

Timothy also talks about the impact the rest of his family and friends have had on his life including his mother, Patricia Alexander, grandfather, and pastor.

“As long as I believe, and we all believe as one, then all things are possible,” said Timothy. “If you have that winning mentality in every aspect of life you will always win if you never quit.”

Timothy is a winner because he has never given up.

Now he sets out to share that winning mentality with the rest of world.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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