Before Bo Jackson, one of Birmingham’s first African American football stars was Tony Nathan.
The All-American running back’s rise to stardom during his junior season in 1973, along with the arrival of Head Coach Tandy Gerelds in 1971, led to the Woodlawn Colonels serving as catalysts for change and garnering crowds of thousands for game nights.
The 2015 “Woodlawn” documents Nathan’s struggle to balance his athletic skills and faith while battling racial anxiety on and off the field. The film also highlights the rivalry between the former Banks High School and Woodlawn High School. Many of the former Banks and Woodlawn players went on to play college football at SEC schools (mainly Alabama and Auburn) and professionally in the NFL.
The World Cup champion U.S. Women’s Soccer team takes the field in Birmingham, Ala. as part of a countrywide, 10-game Victory Tour celebration.
The team plays Haiti at Birmingham’s Legion Field Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Since defeating Japan to win its third World Cup, it’s been all work and play for the 2015 ESPY “Best Team” award winner. The USA opened the tour Aug. 16 against Costa Rica in Pittsburgh, and is currently 2-0 as it prepares to face Haiti in Detroit, Mich. tonight at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday. A special feature of the tour is the Women’s World Cup trophy that will be on display in two Birmingham locations: Alabama Sports Hall of Fame – Friday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Legion Field, Fan HQ – Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Continue reading “U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Stops in Birmingham”→