BBVA Compass Bowl

December 31, 2012

 

RICH WINGO TO HEADLINE BBVA COMPASS BOWL FCA BREAKFAST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rich Wingo, who was a part of one of the most famous plays in college football history as a linebacker at the University of Alabama, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual BBVA Compass Bowl Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Breakfast presented by Northwestern Mutual of Alabama.

The FCA Breakfast will be held at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2012, from 7:30-9 a.m. CT. Individual tickets are available for $25, while tables seating 10 are available for $250. Tickets can be reserved by phone at 205-298-9400 or by email at adebellis@fca.org.

Wingo, a native of Elkhart, Ind, played at Alabama from 1974-78 under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and was part of the famous “Goal Line Stand” in the 1978 Sugar Bowl when the Crimson Tide defeated Penn State to claim college football’s national championship.

After graduating from Alabama, Wingo went on to a successful seven-year career in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers. In his first professional season in 1979, Wingo was named the Packers’ MVP and the team’s Rookie of the Year.

At the completion of his NFL career, Wingo coached at the University of Alabama from 1987-89. From 1990-2010, he served as president of AIG Baker Real Estate developing shopping centers. Wingo is currently the chief operating officer of United Assurance Corporation.

Wingo and his wife, Cheri, have two sons, Jake (26) and Luke (18). Jake is a teacher and head football coach at Sumter Academy in York, Ala., and Luke is a freshman quarterback at the University of North Alabama.

The seventh edition of the BBVA Compass Bowl will match teams from the BIG EAST Conference (Pittsburgh) against the SEC (Ole Miss). Players and coaches from both teams will attend the FCA Breakfast. The Bowl game will be played Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012, at noon at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., and will be aired nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

Tickets to the seventh annual BBVA Compass Bowl are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased by calling (877) 464-9529 or through the Bowl's web site at www.bbvacompassbowl.com. Tickets are also available at the Legion Field box office now through Saturday January 5th.

ABOUT BBVA COMPASS
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 709 branches, including 368 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 79 in Arizona, 65 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and ranked third in American Banker's 2012 reputation study of the leading 30 banks in the U.S. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com.

 

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT's owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

 

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:

Collegiate Football
BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston); Texas Kickoff Classic (Houston); Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Sears Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (S.C.); DIRECTV Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Classic presented by Corona Extra (Madison Square Garden); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Bayamón); BracketBusters and State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)

Collegiate Lacrosse
ESPNU Warrior Classic

Additional Events
ESPN National Golf Challenge

 

For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.

Rachel Margolis, ESPN at 860-766-2798 or Rachel.L.Margolis@espn.com; Ralph Evans, BBVA Compass at 205-297-3038 or Ralph.evans@bbvacompass.com; Norm Reilly, BBVA Compass Bowl Media Relations Director, 205-936-1793 or nreilly@uab.edu

Editor's Note:

BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.

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