“Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal: The Timothy Alexander Story” by Timothy Stephens
After a horrific car accident in 2006, during the fall of his senior year in high school when he was fast becoming one of the best football players in the state of Alabama, Timothy Alexander was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. His life could have ended then, but to think that means you don't know Timothy Alexander. Since then, he has refused to take no for an answer. Be it large or small, he has taken on every challenge – and taken on the most powerful people in Alabama – when he feels he needs to cure a wrong. That's just the way he's wired. In his wheelchair, he became part of the football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. And when the state power brokers decided to shut down the program, it was this young man in a wheelchair who rallied a campus, a city and a state to bring the football program back. He won, because he doesn't know any other way to live.
"Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal'' is Timothy Alexander's emotional and inspirational story. It will make you laugh, and it will make you cry – a lot. A rough childhood, a horrible accident, years of excruciating rehabilitation – all with a smile on his face. He has three degrees now, is an accomplished nationwide speaker and a huge part of the renewed UAB football program. Enjoy Timothy's story, beautifully told along with longtime sports journalist Tim Stephens.
Tim Stephens: Fort Payne, Ala., native Tim Stephens has led some of the nation’s most innovative news organizations into the digital age during a media career that began as a sports reporter at his hometown newspaper while still in high school. As Vice President at SportsManias, Stephens helped a startup company become the fastest-growing sports news app in the United States.
Before joining SportsManias, Stephens led news organizations that captured journalism and broadcast awards and pioneered digital and social-media strategy. He served as Deputy Managing Editor at CBSSports.com and sports editor of the Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Birmingham Post-Herald, where he was named the nation’s top sports columnist in 2003 in the newspaper’s circulation division. Stephens was elected president of the Associated Press Sports Editors in 2013-14. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and active lifetime member of the UAB National Alumni Society as well as a two-time winner of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 award. In 2017, he was elected to the alumni board of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences
Stephens also has served as a sports talk-show host on WJOX 690 AM and WERC 960 AM in Birmingham and WQTM 740 AM in Orlando and was the color analyst for broadcasts of UAB football games from 1993-95. He is founder and CEO of Tim Stephens Media LLC, providing consulting and services in publishing, digital content marketing and strategic communications.
“Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal: The Timothy Alexander Story” is his first book.