Lee Carpenter, who was a very good football player at Auburn University, is now 57 years old. Lee and his wife Gail have had a good life under some rather difficult circumstances. You see, Lee has Lou Gehrig’s disease and is totally disabled. But this exceptional man hasn’t given up. While he can’t move or speak, Lee still enjoys life and works from his home. While Lee was a tremendous athlete – a star cornerback at Auburn, playing under Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan and graduating in 1974 – his greatest accomplishments have come off the playing field.
When he was first stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Lee almost died. But he was determined to live and he has done just that. Lee has a strong belief in the God who made it possible for him to do things like earn his master’s degree online and teach a distance learning course for Central Alabama Community College with an optically controlled computer interface after he became totally disabled. This courageous man has accomplished more than most of us, who don’t have his obvious limitations. But I really don’t believe Lee realizes he is limited or at least he won’t accept those limits. He continues to be a role model for his wife, family and many others.
I would encourage all of our readers to read the December 16, 2009 article on Lee by Jeremy Henderson. You can get it from The War Eagle Reader (thewareaglereader.com). It will make you realize what is really important in your life. You will also learn what an inspiration Lee has been to thousands of people. He and Gail are very special folks and our prayers will continue to be with them. Lee and Gail Carpenter will each have a very special place in Heaven!