About the Author
Rubin E. Grants roots are planted deeply in Alabama football, dating to his days as a student at Carver High School in Montgomery, his hometown. At his college alma mater, the University of Alabama, as sports editor of the schools newspaper, the Crimson White, he covered the Crimson Tide under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. He spent 25 years covering high school football for the Birmingham Post-Herald, serving as prep editor and reporting on such football players as Bo Jackson, Cornelius Bennett, and Carnell "Cadillac" Williams. As a columnist, he won first place in the 2002 Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors Competition for his columns on high school sports. He currently is a free- lance writer and a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame selection committee.