Rodney Orr always wanted to cover Alabama football and recruiting. He found a way to do it on the World Wide Web back in 1996 while still a dumpster salesman in Corpus Christi, TX.  He's now a longtime Tuscaloosa resident and frequent guest on Tide 100.9.

How did he pull it off? Orr has a book coming out that explains that, and it promises to document the triumphs and tragedies of Orr's sixty-plus years on this earth. Here's a statement Orr gave us at Tide 100.9 about what to expect:
"Over the years, I have been asked by many people to share the story of Tider Insider, of how I took my passion for Alabama football and turned it into one of the first websites dedicated to reporting on all things related to the Crimson Tide as well as creating a community of Tide fans from across the world."While Tider Insider allowed me to experience almost every dream I ever had, there is another part to the story: that of enduring some of my worst fears. And in the highs and the lows, the triumph and the tragedy, I give God all the glory.

"From dreams fulfilled, I’ve learned that none of them, in and of themselves, could bring me the contentment I expected from them. Therefore, I no longer put my faith and hope in the things of this world.

"From the fears experienced, the hurt and pain has led to healing, transformation, and a new perspective. I no longer see as I once did. For that, I am overwhelmed with a spirit of gratitude and appreciation for God's perfect grace in all things.
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"As an Alabama fan, I hope you join me in reliving some of the best and worst moments of Crimson Tide football over the last 40 years, with inside stories on coaches and players and recruiting that I’ve never shared before.

"But more importantly, I pray that my story may connect with people who are struggling, who find themselves in unimaginable life situations, and that they’ll be encouraged by the testimony God has so richly blessed me with. Because what the enemy intended to use for harm, God has turned around for good in my life, a life that truly is 'Bigger than Bama.'”

Orr added that the book will be available for shipping by Dec. 31 and can be pre-ordered at

Alabama Football Practice- August 15, 2023

Gallery Credit: Crimson Tide Photos / UA Athletics

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