Forristall Recognized as Charlie Compton Award Winner at 56th Annual Squad Sunday
Since 1964, the Crimson Tide football team has made Squad Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church a part of her pre-season ritual. It was in that year and on the very same piece of real estate, that Bama FCA, the oldest and longest continuous running FCA College Huddle in the nation was birthed.
For the past 56 years the Charlie Compton Award has been presented to that member of the Crimson Tide football team who has demonstrated outstanding Christian leadership before his teammates, coaches, and the University of Alabama student body.
Forristall Leads by Example
Miller Forristall, a red-shirt junior Tight End from Cartersville, Ga is the recipient of the 2019 Charlie Compton Award.
Forristall serves on the leadership team of Bama FCA and rarely misses an opportunity to get into the Word of God and be sharpened. According to Dr. Gary Cramer, Bama FCA's Campus Director, "Miller has grown into one of the finest teachers of God's Word in the history of Bama FCA."
Who was Charlie Compton
Charlie Compton was an outstanding tackle from Sylcauga who lettered in 1942. He interrupted his career to serve heroically in World War II. After the war he was decorated with two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and the Congressional Medal of Honor.
He returned to the Alabama football field in '46 and '47 as a tough and tenacious performer. Against Georgia, he broke through and blocked a quick kick by Charlie Trippi. The ball hit him smack in the face, in the day of no face masks, and the ball bounced back 40 yards down the field.
"I see Charlie coming toward the bench," said Head Coach Frank Thomas, "but I pay no attention to him. So I put in another tackle and then I look around and there is Charlie pulling a loose tooth with pliers he's taken from Red Burdette's trainer's bag. The ball had busted out his bridge work and Charlie was extracting one of the teeth snagged in there. Pretty soon he comes up and gets my attention from the game again and says, 'Coacher, I'm ready; get me back in there.'"
After college and seminary, Compton became a missionary in Brazil. In 1972, he was killed in an automobile accident in a remote area of Brazil.