Former UA star sends video to hospice patient
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 26, 2010 | 1738 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeremy England sits in his bedroom surrounded by University of Alabama memorabilia, include a photograph of former quarterback Jay Barker that he is holding. (Photo by: Jennifer Cohron)
Jeremy England sits in his bedroom surrounded by University of Alabama memorabilia, include a photograph of former quarterback Jay Barker that he is holding. (Photo by: Jennifer Cohron)
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A lot of people say that they are University of Alabama fans. Jeremy England has the memorabilia to prove it.

England's Crimson Tide pride is displayed on every wall in his bedroom, where he has been confined for six years because of a neurological disorder called Friedreich's Ataxia.

Some of the prizes of England's UA collection include autographed pictures of coach Nick Saban and father-and-son kickers Van and Leigh Tiffin, a football signed by the 1992 championship team and the game coin from the 2010 BCS national championship game.

England, 35, also has pictures of himself wearing a national championship ring from his recent visit with former Alabama running back Roy Upchurch and the team's head trainer, Jeff Allen.

When England was selected for New Beacon Hospice's Second Wind Dream program, no one was surprised when his request involved the University of Alabama.

England asked to meet former quarterback Jay Barker and his wife, country music singer Sara Evans.

The couple is working out a date for the meeting with hospice representatives. In the meantime, the Barkers taped a personalized message to England before the CMA Awards Nov. 10.

"I was amazed," England said.

The last time England was able to attend a home football game was in 1993. However, he continues to support the program, as well as the UA basketball and softball teams, from his home.

England played football, basketball and baseball during his school days at Martin. However, his team never came close to a championship.

"We were worse than bad," he said.