Two NFL players with north Alabama ties give back to the community Saturday


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Two NFL players with ties to north Alabama were giving back to the community Saturday afternoon at Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville.

Giants linebacker Reggie Ragland (a Madison native, Bob Jones, and Crimson Tide alum) and Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (a Madison native, Madison Academy, and Auburn alum) signed autographs for fans on Saturday, April 10.

“I try to do as much as I can to help the city out and it’s really easy because it’s a fast-growing city with so many people here. It means a lot to me to be able to help the place that raised me and I try to get back and make it better.” Johnson said of the event.

The two NFL players partnered with You are Redeemed Ministries for an online auction, which opened at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The non-profit was founded by their good friend Sierra Jones, also a Madison Academy grad, who launched the organization with the mission to reform, repair, and restore lives in the community.

All proceeds from ticket sales and the auction will be going to purchase equipment, seeds, and tools for a 4-acre community farm under development in the city.

“I’m excited for her and what she’s doing today and she called me up. So of course I had to come help her out and give back to our community and this is a great cause to help people out so I’m excited to be here for her.” Ragland said.

There was also live music, giveaways, and more at the event.

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