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Former Alabama running back Gene Jelks embraces second chance

“I’m still working on my anger toward Bill Curry,” Jelks said. “I haven’t got there yet, but I’m still working on it. I had envisioned being Alabama’s first Heisman Trophy winner, and I was on track to do that.”

In similar ways, many fans have forgiven Jelks for the turmoil the former University of Alabama player put the school through by saying he received illegal benefits during his college career in the mid-1980s, but they’ll never forget.

“My name was hot all over the world with controversial allegations, so it was not a good fit for me to be in the South,” Jelks said.