Croyle , UA player, father, to keynote Chamber banquet

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, January 14, 2014

John Croyle, a motivational speaker who was a defensive end for the University of Alabama’s 1973 National Championship football team, playing for the legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting and awards banquet.

At 19, John felt he had been given a gift to work with young people. On the advice of Coach Bryant, John declined opportunities for professional football to pursue his dream of helping children in need. Since 1974, more than 1,800 children have called Big Oak Ranch home.

Croyle also is the father of Brodie Croyle, who played quarterback for Alabama before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2006 NFL draft, and later signed with the Arizona Cardinals. He retired from professional football in 2012.


The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 23, at the Kiwanis Community Center on the South Bypass. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:30.

Following the meal, introductions of the Chamber’s Past Presidents, outgoing and present Board of Directors and Officers, and special guests will be made.

The Distinguished Service Award, President’s Award, Business of the Year Awards, Teachers of the Year, Student of the Year and other prominent community awards will also be presented.

Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office located at 700 River Falls Street. The cost will be $30 for Chamber members and $35 for non-chamber members and $20 for students.

For information, contact Heather Murphy at the Chamber office by calling 222-2030 or email