Former Huntsville High School football coach Greg Patterson remembers Pat Wynn as probably the best sales job of my career. Wynn had played both football and basketball in middle school, but before his sophomore year at HHS in 1986, he decided to concentrate on basketball. Patterson had other ideas. Pat was ready to give up football and go full-time on basketball, Patterson recalled. But I spent a lot of time with him before that season, telling him he could be just as good in football. I finally convinced him that he could excel in both. Fortunately for Huntsville High football, Wynn was receptive to the friendly persuasion. He was on the JV team as a 10th grader, Patterson said, but we went 8-3 and 10-2 his junior and senior years, and he was one of the big reasons. Sharing time in a dynamic backfield that also included Charles and Chris Anderson, Wynn scored 22 touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior running back, a performance that earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi. Wynn, born March 8, 1970, grew up in a public housing project near Stone Middle School, chose HHS and made All-City in football in 1987-88 and All-City in basketball in 1988. He was Huntsvilles Player of the Year and an All-Metro defensive back in 1988, and was a first-team All-State selection in 1987. After high school, he signed a football scholarship with Southern Miss, where he became a four-year letterman and a two-year starter as a defensive back. He finished his college career as USMs all-time leader in blocked kicks. Amazingly, he blocked kicks in five straight games during the 1990 season. Two game-changing blocks came against the two SEC teams from his home state, neither of which offered him a scholarship out of high school. Wynns blocks set up the winning scores in USMs 27-24 victory over Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the Golden Eagles 13-12 win at Auburn. Wynn says all his coaches played pivotal roles in his development. But the biggest influence was the environment I lived in. It was a great motivator for my success because I wanted a better life and I knew sports could provide a better life for me and my family. Wynn now serves as president of the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama, with headquarters in Huntsville. As proud as I am of what Pat did for us and at Southern Miss, Im even more proud of what he has done in his public life, said Patterson. Wynn and his wife Kecia have three children: Terrell Corbitt, Brandon Tuck and Dillan Wynn.