TurnerLoose: "Auburn fans like to talk a lot about 'Auburn men and women' and the good that embodies. Let me tell you, they have a poster child in former defensive back Rod Hood. Every time I speak with Hood, I come away impressed. He's a quiet, well-spoken young man who is sincere in trying to give back to the community. He spoke on Thursday night to the Columbus-Phenix City Auburn Club. In the above photo, taken by Tim Vizer/Belleville News-Democrat, Hood returns an interception for a touchdown. He had a great year with 57 tackles, 21 deflections and five picks -- two for touchdowns.
Hood answered five questions for me and you can read about that in Friday's Ledger-Enquirer here.
Hood talked about using football as a platform and he's definitely got plenty to talk about. Hood was 5-foot-3 as a high school sophomore, but -- at his brother's advice -- started drinking close to a gallon of milk every day and grew seven inches before his junior year of high school. He talked about his perseverance through tough injuries his junior (shoulder) and senior year (ankle). Hood told the group that he again drank plenty of milk to heal a broken growth plate in his shoulder, and then to help a broken ankle. He amazed doctors with his recovery from both, which he credited to milk and his faith in God.
He will hold his fourth annunal Rod Hood Football Camp this June, although he doesn't have firm dates. He always brings in some of the top NFL players to help out, players he met during his playing days at Auburn and in the NFL at Philadelphia and now Arizona. He also is always on hand to help out RBs coach Eddie Gran with the Sydney Gran Foundation. (More on that later in the weekend!)
This is definitely one player that Auburn can be proud to lay claim to."