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Almost 20 years ago, after a brief pro football career failed to sustain, [Gene Jelks] the Gadsden...

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Almost 20 years ago, after a brief pro football career failed to sustain, [Gene Jelks] the Gadsden native rocked the entire state with allegations against Alabama of receiving cash payments, potentially serious NCAA violations. It was a decision that cast Jelks out of favor with former teammates and fans alike. And the revelation that followed - that Jelks had also accepted 28 checks totaling nearly $37,000 to make the allegations from what Jelks described as "Auburn people" - decimated his standing with the Alabama Nation even more. Over the weekend, Jelks was in town to volunteer to help tornado victims, and to speak to a church congregation about his mistakes, his trials and his eventual redemption. Jelks credits Noel Humphrey, pastor at Truth Seekers International in Atlanta, and the brother of former UA star running back - and Jelks' teammate - Bobby Humphrey, with helping him process what he calls "nineteen years of guilt and shame."

Tuscaloosa News: Former UA Player Jelks returns to Tuscaloosa Nice to see that people are finally letting go with all of the anger directed toward Jelks for almost twenty years now, and that he has decided to return to Tuscaloosa to help with the tornado relief effort. Roll Tide, Gene.
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