Krauss: ‘Throw it at me’

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Though his football playing days are long gone, Barry Krauss is still doing what he loves to do.

“I’ve just been living a dream,” Krauss said. “The Lord has blessed me for years, even after playing in the NFL. I was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, which was a big thrill. Then the Colts wanted me back to broadcast games. I get to travel all the time, so I’m in heaven.”

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That’s only part of the story for the Pompano Beach, Fla., native. A former All-American at Alabama and a first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts, Krauss is now an author, television personality and motivational speaker.

This weekend alone, he was part of a reunion for the 1978 Crimson Tide national championship team during the Alabama-LSU game. Then he flew back to broadcast the Colts-Patriots game Sunday.

His visit to town Monday night for the Selma Quarterback Club meeting is one of several hundred such appearances he will make this year.

Well aware of how passionate fans in this state are, he anticipates a lively event.

“Throw it at me,” Krauss said. “They can ask me whatever they like, and I’ll answer every question.”

Krauss, who picked Alabama to win handily Saturday, is very encouraged about the direction of the program under coach Nick Saban.

It has caused a renewed sense of pride among members of the Crimson Tide family.

“He gave the team discipline and gave them vision,” Krauss said. “It’s going to take time, but he’s had to change the perception of what that football team is all about. I talk to a lot of the players, and they believe they’re going to win. Everything he touches is with a purpose. It’s all part of a bigger plan.”