My friend Andre Pulpwood Smith is doing well back home in Coffee County...
Andre ‘Pulpwood’ Smith Testimony
Mon Feb 8th, 6:30pm at Crossroads Celebrate Recovery (Day after Super Bowl)
(See attached photo of Andre (#35) rushing for almost 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in Georgia’s 24-14 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1984)
Former Georgia Bulldog leading football rusher, Andre ‘Pulpwood’ Smith, plans to share how the Lord helped him overcome drug addiction and redirect his life to serve the Lord and assist others seeking recovery from destructive hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Pulpwood’s testimony is scheduled for 6:30pm Monday, February 8th, as part of the Celebrate Recovery Ministry of Crossroads Church at 1846 S Peterson Av, across from the entrance to the Douglas Municipal Airport on Hwy 441 South in Douglas (former 84 Lumber). Few names are more synonymous with athletic excellence in Coffee County than the legendary Andre ‘Pulpwood’ Smith of Broxton. Electricity seemed to fill the air when # 5 stepped onto the playing field for the Coffee High Trojans. Andre went on to the University of Georgia and led the Bulldogs in rushing yardage his Sophomore year in ‘84. Many across the Bulldog nation thought they might be witnessing the emergence of next Herschel Walker.
Andre’s illustrious football career came to an abrupt halt following the ’84 GA – FSU Citrus Bowl game regarding a UGA drug policy. Coach Vince Dooley, who remains friends with Andre, encouraged Smith to take some time off and return the University of Georgia to continue playing football. Sadly, the next year of Andre’s life led him down a path that would cost him, not only a continuation of his career at UGA, but in many football expert opinions, what would have most likely led to a prosperous NFL career as a running back. Many may remember that Andre was also a star player on all three of Coffee High’s Baseball State Championship teams. Some say that Smith could have played Major League Baseball as well, but Coach Dooley preferred that Andre focus on football at UGA. Andre aspires to use his Christian faith and knowledge of athletics to inspire younger generations to reach their greatest potential in life by doing their best, making wise choices, and avoiding the destructive path that substance abuse, immorality, and arrogance will lead to.
Celebrate Recovery is an international ministry designed to help those seeking on-going recovery from all kinds of harmful addictions, hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery, based on the eight principles taught by Christ in the Beatitudes, includes healing truths, not only for drug and alcohol addictions, but also for many other unhealthy compulsions such as overeating, anger, lust, co-dependency, pornography, discouragement, unforgiveness, immorality, greed, ingratitude, etc. Celebrate Recovery supports and includes the 12 Step Recovery Program of AA & NA. A light meal will be served for all who attend at 6:30 with the recovery ministry immediately following at 7pm Monday February 8th at Crossroads Church. Crossroads normal Celebrate Recovery is held 5pm each Sunday, but this special 6:30pm Monday Celebrate Recovery is so those who may attend other churches can come hear Andre Smith share his story. Pulpwood extends a special invitation to all local coaches, athletes, recreation staff, participants, and fans. For more information, please call or email either Marty Wilkes at 260-1160 CrossroadsPastor@windstream.net or Celebrate Recovery Leader Mitchell Justice at 260-1450 email@example.com . The public is welcome to attend, and childcare will be provided. Crossroads is a Smyrna Baptist, GBC & SBC affiliate