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Former Alabama football coach shows good will at FCA event

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Most football fans know all about Gene Stallings. Yes, the former head coach for the University of Alabama shared stories of the gridiron at the Fellowship of Christian Athlete's annual "Breakfast of Champions" on Friday, but he also shared his message of simply doing the right thing.

Stallings lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992, and served as an assistant coach for two of the most legendary coaches of all time in Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama and Tom Landry with the Dallas Cowboys. His resume on the field the field speaks for itself, but he's hoping is resume off the field speaks volumes as well. 

Speaking at the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus, Stallings shared he is currently trying to build a hospital in Haiti, the small country devastated by a 7.0 earthquake in January of 2010.

"You just do what's right. You have to learn that from somewhere, and (he's) part of where I learned that," said Ray Perkins. Perkins, now the head coach of Jones County Junior College, played for the Crimson Tide from 1964 to 1966 and earned All-America honors as a wide receiver.

He credits Stallings for switching him from defensive back to wide receiver.

Stallings has been a long-time supporter and active member of the FCA. In fact, so too was his head coach Landry, and his quarterback- Roger Staubach-in Dallas. "(Staubach) was very active in the FCA," shared Stallings, "Coach Landry was the national president of the FCA."

Now Stallings wishes the work of the FCA will continue, especially through their summer camps, saying, "It's sort of a life-changing experience for these high school athletes.

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