One of Florence Kentucky's most famous citizens is none other than former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander. Shaun Alexander Way is located just off Rt. 18 in Florence on the campus of Boone County High School and is named to honor the star running back who played football for the Boone County Rebels in the 1990's.
Shaun Alexander was one of the best running backs in Northern Kentucky sports history and was the best from a long tradition of great running backs at Boone County. Alexander was coached at Boone County High School by the legendary Owen Hauck, seen in this newspaper image from 1994.
In his junior season in 1993, Shaun Alexander rushed for 2,396 yards and 42 touchdowns as the Boone County Rebels football team played their way to the Kentucky state semifinals. In a game versus Campbell County during that season, Alexander rushed for seven touchdowns. In January of 1994, Shaun was listed in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated magazine.
In Alexander's senior season in 1994, he rushed for 3,166 yards and a Kentucky state record 54 touchdowns. Alexander was named the state of Kentucky's Mr. Football. In three seasons for the Boone County Rebels, Shaun Alexander rushed for 6,657 yards and 110 touchdowns, which are all-time high school Top 10 records.
After graduating from Boone County High School, Shaun Alexander played at the University of Alabama where he stands as the Crimson Tide's all-time leading rusher with 3,565 yards in four seasons. He set Alabama Crimson Tide records with 727 rushing attempts, fifteen 100-yard games, 41 rushing touchdowns and 50 total touchdowns. When Shaun's career ended at Alabama, he held 15 school records and 3 SEC records.
After graduating from the University of Alabama, Alexander was drafted in the 2000 NFL Draft in the first round as the nineteenth overall pick. Shaun had a stellar nine year career with the Seattle Seahawks. In 2005, Shaun Alexander led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL and took home the NFL's MVP Award. Shaun spent the 2008 season with the Washington Redskins.
Shaun Alexander Way is a great reminder to everyone in Florence of the exploits of one of its most famous residents.