Tuscaloosa is known for the almighty Crimson Tide and its dominant football legacy. Every year during football season, thousands of seats are filled at the Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch the birth of star athletes. Most of whom are not from Tuscaloosa but attend the University of Alabama.

The football team now has a top recruit from its hometown, Brian Robinson a 6-1, 224-pound running back from Tuscaloosa, AL.  We can’t leave Bo Scarbrough out, who’s also a sophomore running back from Tuscaloosa. Robinson and Scarbrough’s future in football remains bright backed by the powerhouse football program. It’s to be expected. After all, its football and Tuscaloosa breeds football.

The latest Tuscaloosa heroes are not football players. They’re America’s heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder and shortstop for the MLB White Sox, Timothy Anderson. Both men are from Tuscaloosa and are making power moves while headed to stardom.

As an amateur, Wilder won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics for the heavyweight division, which is how he got his nickname “The Bronze Bomber”. Wilder started boxing at the age of 19 and has accomplished many accolades since. The Olympics gave Wilder the platform necessary at the time for global stardom and surely the Tuscaloosa native would flourish not long after. The heavy-handed boxer would advance to a 38-0 record and remains the undisputed champ today. The only one from T-Town to do what he does and he represents Tuscaloosa proudly.

Anderson got his start in baseball his junior year at Hillcrest High School. After high school, the Tuscaloosa native attended East Central Community College in Mississippi for two years. Anderson committed to University of Alabama (Birmingham) but opted out to sign a contract with the White Sox. After playing a few years for smaller Class A and AA leagues, Anderson would get his big shot. Before the 2017 season, Anderson and the White Sox signed a six-year contract worth $25 million, with two club options for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

Fun fact is that both Anderson and Wilder played basketball in high school.

Tuscaloosa’s talent is on the uprising. Wonder who will be next.

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