University of Alabama champion kicker represents Raleigh

Jeremy Shelley

January 10, 2012 5:53:50 PM PST
It was a former Broughton High School student who helped "kick" the University of Alabama all the way to the national championship title Monday night over Louisiana State University.

Raleigh's Jeremy Shelley kicked field goals for Alabama five times throughout Monday night's game, winning the Bowl Championship Series game.

Shelley, played varsity football for Broughton and was also its kicker. Alabama's win was particularly sweet for Shelley's football family at Broughton.

The Broughton High School Football team gathered together to watch the former high school student, now a junior at the University of Alabama, in action.

"Every time he'd get ready to kick, we'd pause everything and watch Jeremy," said Broughton senior Hayden Pezzoni, also a kicker for the school's football team.

Pezzoni said Shelley helps him with his kicking when Shelley is home from college.

Shelley played football for four seasons at Broughton and also helped the soccer team win two state championships.

Watching Shelley in action and seeing his college team win made Broughton Head Football Coach Chris Martin proud.

"And when he makes it, you're just so proud that he represented himself and Raleigh and Brought the way he did," Martin said.

Martin sent Shelley a text the night of the game that read, "Roll tide roll, making cap nation proud."

Shelley texted back "Role tide! Thanks."

"He just put himself around really good people, and it's paid off," said Martin. "I'm just really pleased that it worked out for him."

Monday night's win also brought redemption for the team.

Earlier in the season, Alabama's kickers were blamed for a loss against LSU.

"We didn't perform the way we could perform and wanted to perform in that first game, but to come on this stage and step up and really show them what we could do was amazing," Shelley said in an interview with ESPN after the game.

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