Pinson Valley head coach Sam Shade will try to lead his team to the Class 6A state title at Bryant-Denny Stadium later today. Next week, the former Alabama football player will have another job — honorary captain for the 34th Alabama-Mississippi Football Classic. The All-Stars report to Montgomery early next week. The game is schedule for a noon kickoff on Dec. 12 from Cramton Bowl.
Shade participated in the 1990 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic as a defensive back out of Wenonah High School. The Wenonah High School standout was named a Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete award winner following his senior year. Shade played for the Crimson Tide from 1991 to 1994 and was a member of the 1992 national championship team. He was named permanent captain as a senior at Alabama.
After his NFL career ended, Shade served as a volunteer coach at Briarwood Christian School. He also had college coaching stints at Samford University and Georgia State University and more recently served on the Cleveland Browns staff in 2018-19 before replacing Patrick Nix at Pinson Valley this season. The Indians take on Spanish Fort at 7:30 tonight in the final game of the Super 7.