Former Alabama QB Tyler Watts speaks at Carbon Hill Sportsman's Banquet
by Johnathan Bentley
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Former Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts signs autographs during the second annual Sportsman’s Banquet held at Carbon Hill High/Elementary and Middle School on Friday. The event was put on by First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill. At right is First Baptist pastor Scott McCullar. (Photo by Johnathan Bentley)
Former Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts signs autographs during the second annual Sportsman’s Banquet held at Carbon Hill High/Elementary and Middle School on Friday. The event was put on by First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill. At right is First Baptist pastor Scott McCullar. (Photo by Johnathan Bentley)
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CARBON HILL — Former University of Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts was the speaker at the second annual free Sportsman’s Banquet put on by First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill Saturday night.

Watts, who played for the Tide from 1999-2002, addressed more than 120 men at the event, which was held at Carbon Hill High and Elementary/Middle School auditorium.

The night’s festivities started with a wild game dinner provided by the church. After Watts delivered a 30-minute message, door prizes were given away.

Watts, a father of two, spoke to the men of the importance of putting God first, no matter the circumstance.

“I know sometimes I will worry about money. Then I realize, I don’t have to do that because God will provide,” said Watts, who also emphasized the importance of a father being the spiritual leader of the family.

“I thought it was fantastic,” First Baptist Pastor Scott McCullar said. “Tyler did a fabulous job speaking. Afterward, he went out of his way to sign autographs. He stayed for about an hour after his speech. I was very pleased with that."

Watts had an up-and-down career at Alabama.

He helped the Tide to an SEC Championship as a freshman in 1999. That same season, Watts came in as quarterback in the third quarter against Auburn and led the Tide to its first victory, 28-17, over the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

In his senior season of 2002, under former coach Dennis Franchione, Watts led the Tide to a 31-0 victory over Nick Saban’s LSU team at Baton Rouge.

McCullar said the church hopes to reach more men at next year’s Sportman’s Banquet.

“We’re very thankful to Carbon Hill High School/Elementary and Middle School for allowing us to use the school. I’d like to thank everybody that helped us put it together and those who came out. They could have been doing anything on Saturday night, but they chose to come and spend time with us,” McCullar said. "Our church family worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a whole day to put this together. They did a fabulous job."