Former University of Alabama running back Siran Stacy knows something about comebacks. Stacy was at the top of his game at the beginning of the 1990 football season and he was an early contender for the Heisman Trophy when a knee injury benched him for the season. Stacy came back in 1991 under then-coach Gene Stallings and made the All-SEC and was a Second Team All-American.
But Stacy made a different type of comeback in 2007: He made a comeback at life after his wife and four of his five children were killed in an automobile accident by a drunk driver.
Stacy, a full-time minister since 2008, will be sharing his story of hope and faith Sunday at 10:30 at Point of Grace (The Point) church.
“I have been to Columbus to speak before to some FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) but this will be my first time speaking at a church,” said Stacy on Wednesday. “When I reflect back on when I made the decision to become a minister, I had been working in the mortgage industry but I had been doing a prison ministry on the side. I’ve always enjoyed doing that style of ministry. When the tragedy happened, I felt severely lost within myself and I struggled for a direction in which to go. I had wanted to go full time in ministry and then I decided it’s what I wanted to do, so I started a full-time ministry. If God opened up a door, I would go.”
After he founded Siran Stacy Ministries and Ellymae Shelly Foundation in 2008, Stacy said he has traveled the world to deliver his message of hope.
“I do between 30-40 speaking engagements a year,” Stacy said. “Early on, I was doing 40-plus Sundays. I try to pace myself in a given year. I go all over. I’ve gone overseas to third world countries like Tanzania. Wherever the Spirit allows me to go, I go. God has certainly opened a lot of doors. It’s been a confirmation that this is what I’m supposed to be doing with the life I was given.”
According to his biography, Siran grew up in Geneva, Ala. where he dreamed of playing football for the iconic Paul “Bear” Bryant. Although Bryant died before Stacy had the opportunity to play for him, he did fulfil his dream of playing football for the Crimson Tide under Bill Curry and Gene Stallings, who gave the school its first National Championship since Bryant’s death.
“Coach Stallings was a coach — he was a player’s coach,” Stacy said. “He really pushed the student athlete to be a great football player, but also to be a man when you get out of college. He is exactly what you see. He is the epitome of a coach. He cares about you not only as a football player but as a person. I really enjoyed my time with Coach Stallings, and we are still friends today.”
A former NFL player, Stacy said he still enjoys Alabama football and he reaches out to the team whenever he is needed.
“I still follow Alabama football and I still do things from time to time with the student athletes within the organization,” Stacy said. “I do some engagements with the football team from time to time if I’m called upon. I just love to engage with student athletes. I have a good rapport when it comes to high school kids and college kids and young adults. Coach Mark Richt invited me to speak to his football team at the University of Georgia. It was a powerful time there. I go wherever God leads me to go.”
Taking The Message
Although Stacy has been successful as an athlete and in banking, his passion is now found in helping others. And it’s through his message that Stacy said he feels most helpful.
“When I walk away from a congregation, I know I’m just a man,” Stacy said. “My hope is that Jesus removes Siran Stacy and speaks through me. I want people to know that Jesus is real and he’s alive and he’s the savior of the world. And for the individual who is going through suffering can know that it’s going to pass — it’s going to pass.”