Living by faith: Siran Stacy speaks to BHS students

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Brantley School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) held its annual Christmas breakfast on Thursday, December 18. Sponsoring the breakfast were Pepsi of Luverne, Bush Land Surveying of Brantley, and Sister Schubert’s.

The FCA not only received breakfast, but also a good word of faith from former University of Alabama running back Siran Stacy. Stacy played at the University of Alabama from 1989-91. For the Crimson Tide, he was a two-year starter and a two-time All-SEC performer. During his time at Alabama, Stacy rushed for 2,113 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also had 62 receptions for 574 yards and one touchdown. He wore jersey number 27 while at the University.

Stacy, who is originally from Geneva, Alabama, spoke to the high school students, giving a positive message about dreams, being around positive people, and being determined. He told the students about his life from his early childhood to the present, including the tragic loss of several family members in a car accident.

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The accident, which happened near Dothan on Nov. 19, 2007, took the lives of his wife Ellen Stacy and four of their children: Lequisa, 18, Bronson, 10, Sidney, 8, and Ellie, 2, all of Newton in southeast Alabama. Also killed in the accident was pickup driver Adam W. Wayman, 29, of Dothan. Stacy and his 3-year-old daughter, Shelly, survived.

Since the accident, Stacy has begun using his faith to inspire others by visiting churches and schools to share his testimony about keeping faith in the face of tragedy. Stacy also encouraged the students to give their lives to Jesus Christ.