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Former Alabama receiver Julio Jones

Alabama football: Alumni with two different paths giving back in different ways

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at some alumni doing work in their community and updates on the football team’s best athletes.

Fewer Alabama alumni have a story as worthy of Greek tragedy as Sherman Williams, the former all-American running back who won a Super Bowl with Dallas before his career came off the rails. He ended up serving 15 years in prison on marijuana charges. After his release, he wrote a book detailing his rise and fall from grace. Now, he’s releasing a sequel, detailing his time in prison and the lessons he learned as a precautionary tale. As evidence of his good faith, Williams is now leading a youth sports team in the Mobile area and will sponsor a youth soccer team in his native Prichard this year.

Julio Jones has a story worthy of legend, a true rags-to-riches tale with no fatal flaw to be seen. Julio is one of the wealthiest players in the NFL, the beneficiary of a $71 million contract that changed his family’s life for generations. Now, he’s investing that wealth in a massive mixed-use development facility next to the already massive Mall of Georgia. While Jones’ act isn’t charity, but a real estate investment deal, it will remain as a monument to his investment in his community in Atlanta and will create hundreds of jobs.

And its name, according to the article: Ariston, which is Greek for “the best.”

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O.J. Howard inked a Nike contract ahead of the NFL draft.

And take time to read this profile of women’s basketball alumna Yolanda Watkins, who came to Alabama as one of the best players in the country and left after leading the Crimson Tide to a Final Four.

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The women’s basketball team’s run in the WNIT was remarkable in its own right, but more importantly, may have a lasting impact on the team, competitively. The team will return all of its players next season, and Kristy Curry said the added practice time will only help going forward. 

Softball stands second in the SEC and seventh in the national RPI rankings after splitting a doubleheader with South Carolina on Sunday. A 14-0 loss, the worst in Alabama’s history, dropped Alabama five spots in the national rankings. The Tide will try to get back on the horse today when they host Kent State. 

The baseball team will travel to Montgomery for its annual matchup with Auburn, the 18th-ranked team in the country.

The swim team came home with 21 All-American titles from nine swimmers at the national championship meet.

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