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Stacy as a running back at the University of Alabama in 1991

Siran Stacy to speak in Tallassee

By Michael Butler

Former Alabama running back Siran Stacy is coming to Tallassee. Stacy will speak at the Mount Vernon Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.

Stacy was a two-time All-SEC player at Alabama from 1989-'91. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and played professionally in the NFL, CFL and NFL Europe.

Tragedy struck the Stacy family in 2007 when Siran lost his wife and four children in an automobile accident. Only he and one daughter survived.

"Death brings a flood of emotions," Stacy said. "A drunk driver struck our van. It's a moment that I can never take back or change. Years later I was reading from the book of Jonah. He speaks these words, 'I cried out to the Lord by my affliction. I cried out in the belly of hell.' That hit me when I read it. That's the place I was. I connected with Jonah. God heard Jonah's prayer. God brought me out."

Stacy delivers his message today throughout the U.S. and across the world.

"A command sergeant major called from Afghanistan and said, 'I need a speaker to speak to our troops.' They were coming back from a deployment," said Stacy. "I'm introduced into the real world and real heroes - men and women that serve in our armed forces. I was over there for seven days. My thing was to connect. They experienced things that the average person could not get through.

"They had a football game and I was the referee. That was fun. They presented me a flag that they had flown in the desert in Afghanistan. It was such an honorable moment."

Stacy looks forward to sharing more in his Tallassee visit this weekend. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, go to:

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