BAKER, LA (WAFB) - Former Tulane and Southern running back Jeff Alexander carried a different kind of football Friday, when he returned to his high school alma mater in Baker.
The Buffaloes star in the early 80's presented one of the NFL's Golden Footballs, commemorating 50 years of Super Bowls. Alexander played for the Broncos in the 1990 game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Alexander, who settled in Denver as a real estate agent, flew back Thursday to New Orleans where he started college and arrived on the Baker campus for a ceremony Friday morning, where he told the current student body to dream big, like he did when he was their age.
"I always dreamed of going to the NFL, but I never thought I would make it to the NFL. Dreams do come true," said Alexander.
Southern Hall of Fame quarterback Eric Randall, now an assistant principal at the school, told the students his dad brought him to see Alexander play for Baker High when he was just seven years old to see "what real football looked like," and urged those in attendance to realize Alexander is an example for them.
"He walked these halls just like you, and this is an opportunity to see someone like you," Randall told the kids. "We cannot stop dreaming. We cannot stop believing we are the best," said Randall.
He followed the Baker alum's footsteps to Southern three years after Alexander was selected in the NFL Draft after his senior year at SU in 1987. Randall led the Jaguars to a championship in 1993.