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Former Alabama quarter back John Parker Wilson will speak at the Jackson County Bama Club's Roll Tide BBQ on Aug. 15.

A former college and professional quarterback with an up-close view of the Alabama football program will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Jackson County Bama Club’s annual Roll Tide BBQ.

John Parker Wilson, who currently serves as the Alabama Football radio broadcast crew’s color commentator, will speak at the annual event on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Scottsboro-Goose Pond Civic Center.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are now on sale online (eventbrite.com/e/roll-tide-bbq-tickets-63988515372) or at the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, the Lackey Law Firm, Tally and Tally Law Firm, First Jackson Bank in Bridgeport or from any Jackson County Bama Club Executive Committee member.

“We are so excited to kick off the season with our annual Roll Tide BBQ,” said Jackson County Bama Club president Rick Roden. “All proceeds go to scholarships for Jackson County students to attend the university. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy an evening with lots of Bama fans and hear from John Parker about the upcoming season.”

Wilson was Alabama’s starting quarterback from 2006-08 and later played in the NFL for four seasons.

Wilson, who is entering his second season with the Alabama Football Radio Crew, is making his second Roll Tide BBQ appearance. Wilson was also the guest speaker at the event in 2015 and shared the details of his first meeting with Nick Saban after Saban was named Alabama’s head coach in January 2007. Upon introducing himself, Wilson told Saban he was excited to play for the new coach.

“(Saban) said ‘I’m going to run your (rear end) off tomorrow. We'll see if you’re still excited then,’” Wilson recalled Saban saying in reference to the start of his conditioning program known as The Fourth Quarter, inciting laughter from the 2015 attendees.

The event raises money for scholarships for Jackson County students to attend UA. There will be live and silent auctions and door prizes will be awarded. Contact Roden for more information at roden@scottsboro.org or 256-628-1212.

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