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Former Tide QB to be guest speaker for Tip Colley Banquet

Published 10:27pm Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Former University of Alabama quarterback and two-time national champion Steadman Shealy will be the guest speaker at the 22nd Annual J.O. “Tip” Colley Awards Banquet.

Shealy played under legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama and brought home back-to-back national titles in 1978 and 1979. In addition to his accomplishments in Tuscaloosa, Shealy led Dothan High School to state title game appearances in 1974-75 and graduated as valedictorian in 1976.

Shealy, now an attorney in Dothan, said he enjoys speaking at events like the Tip Colley Awards Banquet, because it gives him an opportunity to meet and interact with the future leaders of the community.

“I am humbled to be a part of this event,” Shealy said. “It is great to let young people know that you want men and women of integrity. You never know when a young person is out there who may not have made the right choices, may decide to turn around.”

Tip Colley was a renowned doctor in the Troy community and contributed to the school systems and their athletic programs. The banquet recognizes graduating seniors from all four of Pike County’s schools for excellence in their involvement in their church, academics and sports.

The award rewards male and female winners with $1,500.00 each and male and female runners-up with $500.00 each.

Shealy said that a future Heisman Trophy winner or president of the United State could be among the athletes honored on Monday evening.

“Athletics can be used as a stepping stone or foundation to do great things,” said Shealy. “I found that out over my career, and use lessons learned every day. If you do things the right way and walk with the Lord, good things can happen.”

For more information on the Tip Colley Awards Banquet, or to RSVP to attend the event, call 268-1379. The banquet will be held at the Troy Recreation Center on Enzor Road Monday May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.

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