If you scroll through the photos on Reggie Ragland’s Facebook page, you’ll find one that says “Straight Outta Huntsville.” It’s good to know he remembers his roots even though he doesn’t live here anymore. Now he’s in Kansas City, Missouri, and on Sunday night he was in Miami winning the Super Bowl.
The former Bob Jones High School and University of Alabama player made history in the Hard Rock Cafe stadium as a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs as they defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20.
Small Town Boy
When Reggie Ragland was a little boy growing up in Huntsville, and later Madison, he knew he would make it big one day. He had that drive, that something extra that carried him throughout his different forays into basketball, baseball and football.
“I think I was 7 years old, and I told my mom I was going to play a professional sport,” Reggie said. “I didn’t know if it was going to be basketball, football or baseball. I’ve been the same height since I was 12. I thought I was going to get about 6-8, and I’m stuck at 6-2.”
It was football that stuck. At the University of Alabama, Reggie was on two National Championship teams before being drafted. As the year started, he wasn’t on the field as much as he’d like to be. That changed towards the end of the season, and he made up for lost time during the Super Bowl.
“It’s a blessing,” Reggie said. “To start off the beginning of the year not really playing much, and then come in the middle of the season and playing and playing at the highest level I can play, trying to help my team win, it’s been a beautiful journey. I wouldn’t write it any different. Everything happens for a reason, and I’m just here trying to help my team win a Super Bowl, and it’s a blessing to be here.”
Cooking and Cleaning
While the 49ers might disagree, Reggie’s social media shows him as a gentle giant, the big brother/teddy bear kind of person you’d want to be friends with.
He retweets heartwarming stories and posts. He talks about how good his teammates are on and off the field.
Even his old Madison contacts keep in touch. Reggie retweeted a post from Robby Parker, superintendent of Madison City Schools.
“He is still Big Paws to me and always one of our kids,” Robby tweeted.
Recently, he shared a dating profile on his account about why women should date him.
“I cook, I clean, I don’t smell like onion rings!” Reggie said.
And now he has a Super Bowl ring to go with it all.