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The Hoover Alabama Chamber of Commerce, its staff, members, officers and board members extend a warm welcome to you. We pride ourselves on being one of the South's fastest growing communities, offering new and progressive opportunities every day. Hoover spans almost 50 square miles of territory, involving much of Jefferson County and Shelby County. We promote a healthy business environment, and feature great restaurants, lodging facilities, sporting events, and vacation areas. Click here to read more.

The Birmingham Barons to Sponsor March 16 Luncheon

Bobby Humphrey to Speak

Bobby Humphrey
Bobby Humphrey

The Birmingham Barons Baseball Club is our sponsor for the March 16 Luncheon, and has invited former Alabama and NFL star running back Bobby Humphrey to speak. Born in Birmingham, Bobby Humphrey spent many fall Saturdays working as a concession vendor during University of Alabama football games at Legion Field, while dreaming of playing for the Tide. After piling up 7,000 total career yards at Glenn High School; he received a scholarship to UA, and became one of the top collegiate running backs.

The 6' 2" 190 pound halfback set many University of Alabama Football career records during his tenure there. Some included: Most 100-yard and 200-yard games, most kicks returned, most yards returned, and all-purpose yards. He earned All-American honors during his sophomore and junior years in addition to being named to the All SEC teams those years. He was later named to the Alabama All-Century and Team of the Decade (1980s) teams as well.

In 1989 he was chosen by the Denver Broncos during the first round of the supplement draft. In his rookie year, Bobby became the first Bronco rookie running back in franchise history to rush for more than 1,000 yards. He was rewarded for his tremendous efforts during the 989-1990 season with a trip to the Super Bowl and a AFL Conference Rookie of the Year. The following year he was selected to the All Pro-Team and a trip to Hawaii for The Pro Bowl. In 1992, he signed with the Miami Dolphins and in his first year with the Dolphins Bobby was the team's leading receiver. He played two seasons of a five year NFL playing career with the Dolphins.

Bobby's life after football has been just as stellar. After retirement he went back to the University of Alabama and finished his Bachelor's Degree in Social Science. In 2000, he was hired as the first Head Coach of the Birmingham Steeldogs Arena Football 2 team. In 2004, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Bobby is very engaged and involved with his community. He serves on many boards, and speaks to youth throughout out the Southeast Region. He believes his message of positive goal-setting and making good decisions in life choices is the fundamental basic for success.

Bobby and his wife, Barbara have 5 children and live in Birmingham, where he is the Vice-President of Business Development for Bryant Bank. He is very active in his church and manages Speed City Track Club. His best advice is "Change is possible through a relationship with Christ."

To attend this March 16 Chamber Luncheon, please make your reservations no later than Monday, March 13, by calling 988-5672, or emailing the Chamber office at lisa@hooverchamber.org. payable at the door, or $25.00 for non-members, or those who shows up without reservations. Payment can be made by cash, check, or major credit cards. Networking begins at 11:15 a.m., with the meeting starting at noon. The Luncheon is still $20.00, payable at the door, or $25.00 for non-members, or for those without reservations. Those who make reservations and simply do not show will be invoiced for the luncheon, as the chamber makes guarantees to the Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel based on the number of reservations. Cancellations are accepted until the morning of the luncheon with almost any reason accepted. Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel is located at 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover 35244. The hotel parking deck is available for a fee, or free parking is adjacent to the hotel in the open parking lots. The free North Parking Deck is available for sheltered parking.

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