Bonifay- From 2000-20004, Ray Hudson was the star running back for the crimson tide under head coach, Mike Shula. For him, the opportunity was a dream come true.
"He was a good coach. I like the scheme he brought in. It was fit for running backs" Hudson said laughing. "You feel like you're king of the hill [playing for Alabama.]"
And for a while, Hudson was king of the hill. "I was leading the sec in rushing before I got hurt," he said.
In 2004, he suffered a career ending knee injury. "I broke my fibula, tibia, and femur all up under my knee cap.Tears just started coming. I knew I was done."
Nearly 10 years later, Hudson said his current aches and pains from years in the game were mental, not physical. He suffered several concussions that he claims are now causing psychological problems.
"I second guess myself all the time," he said. "I feel like I can't do nothing right. I don't know whether I'm coming or going. Like- memory loss, headaches, depression. The other day my son was over here and I was trying to sing the ABC's to him. I forgot what came after T. I was so embarrassed."
Embarrassed, but not alone. Hudson was just one he's one of many former football players involved in a class action lawsuit against the NCAA. He's seeking medical monitoring and compensation.
"People need to know that football is a dangerous sport," he said. But even so, Hudson was quick to add, "I love the game of football. And even with the injuries I have and concussions and anything like that, I still would go back and play football again. And, I would play harder than what I played it, because you don't never know when your last play is coming."