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Men on mission

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Men on mission
Birmingham AL Post-Herald 14Dec99 S2
By Ray Melick: Birmingham Post-Herald

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA -- Redshirt freshman Jay Stubbs has played in nine of the Crimson Tide's games this year, but has yet to catch a pass. Along with his teammates, he is hoping for a victory for No. 6 Alabama over No. 8 Michigan in the Orange Bowl on January 1st. And since he will be gone from the team for the next two years on an LDS mission, a catch in the game would be even better.

Since Jay Stubbs is the son of Alabama quarterback coach Charlie Stubbs, you would think that a catch could have been arranged. But Jay says his dad is too busy coaching to get him favors during games, "He gets so focused during a game, he doesn't even know when I'm in there. But maybe this time...."

Stubbs leaves on his mission on February 2nd, and will spend the next two years in Spokane, Washington. He says he has gotten mixed reactions from his teammates, "Especially next year, with all the players we have coming back and the talk about winning a national championship. But I've known this was coming. It would be tough if I'd just made the decision. But I knew all my life I'd do my mission when I was 19. I knew I'd play two years, then go.

"People ask me why I'm doing it, but I'd already made the decision. This is what I'm supposed to do. Some of the guys (on the team) are excited for me. Some say they'll miss me. They tell me when they win, I'm still part of it. But I think most of them are excited for me. And hopefully, when I get back, Alabama will still be winning, and I'll be part of that."

And Jay has an older brother who has gone through this already. Troy Stubbs just returned from a mission to St. Petersburg, Russia, and will report back to the Air Force Academy, where he is also a wide receiver, on January 3rd. He says that the mission has been helpful in some ways, "I have a greater desire now, along with an understanding of work ethic and a better focus on what it takes to be successful in football. At the same time, it's definitely an experience I wouldn't trade. I learned a lot about myself, about people around the world, about their beliefs and cultures and the way they think. I saw change come to people's lives.

"I found out what I was made of. I look at it as a turning point in my life. I realize who I am and have a better understanding of my role in life."

Their father, Charlie Stubbs, agrees, "I don't want my children to be one-dimensional. I want them to be well-rounded."

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