Alabama’s Kristian Story Stays Fit at Home Preparing for Upcoming Freshman Season
COVID-19 FORCING COLLEGE BOUND ATHLETES TO BE CREATIVE DURING STAY-AT-HOME STATE ORDER
Alabama’s stay-at-home order issued by Governor Kay Ivey on March 26 has forced all high school seniors to stay at home, including college bound athletes like Lanett Panthers’ Kristian Story. He signed to play football with the Alabama Crimson Tide this upcoming fall, but did not enroll early. Now he and his family are finding creative ways to train at home.
“It’s been challenging trying to find other ways to do things,” said Story. “It’s been fun just being around my family everyday. It’s made us come close together.”
Alabama’s four star defensive back/receiver finished his senior football season as the Class 1A Back of the Year and was named the state’s Mr. Football by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
Story stayed in Lanett looking to win a basketball championship as a senior, but the Panthers fell short to Pickens County 57-55 in the Class 1A State Championship at Legacy Arena in Birmingham. To stay fit for Alabama, Story planned to run track for Lanett by competing in the 4×100 meter relay, 100 meter dash and long jump, but the coronavirus cut his spring senior season short.
“It hurts because those were the final things you were looking forward to going into your senior year,” said Story. “For it to be taken away from me and my classmates together and we don’t have that final couple of months together, it kind of hurts.”
The 6’2″, 208 pound senior was originally set to join the Tide at the end of May, so for now he is training under his dad, Lanett Football Head Coach Clifford Story. His 90-minute workouts range from push-ups to sit-ups, dumbbells, medicine balls, cones and jump rope to name a few, but Kristian just enjoys training with his family. His younger brother, Caden, has been great competition running sprints and routes against. Caden is a 6’4″, 250 pound class of 2022 strongside defensive end.
“It’s very important because I’m trying to go in and compete for playing time,” said Story. “In order for me to do that I need to be in the best shape that I can. Ready to go.”
Story also enjoys racing his brother and mom, Krisse, on the street. The senior said that’s been his favorite workout.
“She wanted a chance to win, so I tried to do it backwards,” said Kristian. “I saw that I wasn’t going to win at the end, so I had to turnaround and go ahead and beat her at the end.”
When asked about his dad as a backyard quarterback, Story was hesitant to respond.
“He’s a little rusty right now, but maybe in a couple more weeks he’ll be back to where he used to be,” said Kristian. “He always complained about his shoulder, but he’s alright.
Story is excited to go to Tuscaloosa and start his college career with the Crimson Tide.
“I’m working hard. I’m ready to come in and contribute, and hopefully we’ll win a National Championship again.”