Don McNeal coming back home
Published 8:41 am Monday, June 23, 2008
By By Chandler Myers
Former University of Alabama and Miami Dolphin football player Don McNeal will again use “Home Field Advantage” to his liking when he returns to Atmore for an encore book signing on June 25.
Rene’ Godwin, vice president of First National Bank &Trust, said that McNeal called and informed her he was coming home and asked if the bank would mind holding another book signing.
Godwin added that the last signing on Feb. 23, 2007 was a success with 150-200 people attending.
McNeal said that he is holding the book signing for anyone who was not able to get out to the last one and was pleased with the turnout of the previous session.
McNeal’s book, “Home Town Advantage,” tells his story and features subjects such as his family, friends the time he spent at the University of Alabama and as a professional football player for the Miami Dolphins.
In his career at Alabama he played for Paul “Bear” Bryant’s 1978 and 1979 national championship teams and was named a captain of the 1979 squad.
Drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 1980 NFL draft he played nine seasons for the Dolphins including two trips to the Super Bowl in 1983 and 1985. During each of those seasons McNeal was named Dolphins Player of the Year.
McNeal is the Children’s Ministry overseer at Dade Christian School.
Although he still lives in the city of Miami, McNeal said he is still a “hometown boy” and loves to visit Atmore to relax.
The signing will take place at the main branch of First National Bank &Trust from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Copies of McNeal’s book will be available at the bank.