It took more than a decade for Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand to thank Dr. Max Medary for saving his life in a way that touched the neurosurgeon.
The story, via AL.com: Medary helped save Hand's life in 2006 in Orlando, Fla., after the coach suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Now Hand has offered Medary's son, Alex, the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to play H-back at Auburn.
Alex — a 6-1, 200-pound fullback out of Lake Highland Prep in Orlando — was weighing offers to go to Ivy League schools and study architecture. Instead, he'll go to Auburn, which has one of the country's top architecture schools, arriving late in May as a preferred walk-on.
Three views of the special situation:
From Max Medary: "Obviously, my son was just six or seven years old at the time (of Hand's brain hemorrhage), we never expected we would be reunited. It's not about me at all. It's not necessarily about Herb, it's about the kid. For him this has been a dream come true."
From Alex Medary: "It was pretty awesome, but it was overwhelming at the same time. I had sit down and think about what I really wanted to do."
From Herb Hand: "He's a good enough player to say, 'Hey, we'd love to have you be a part of our program. We want you to be an Auburn Tiger.' … Is it special for me to be able to do that? Absolutely. Or us to be able to do that I should say because coach (Gus) Malzahn's on board with it and everybody here is. They all kind of know the tie-in with him and his dad. So, is that special? Yeah, it's great. I'm eternally grateful to his father and will be. He's a great dude."