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About Roger Shultz

About Roger Shultz

About Roger Shultz
Many of you may know Roger Shultz from the popular reality show “The Biggest Loser” where he finished second losing more weight than any contestant ever lost while on the BL campus. However, he is much more than a guy who lost 164 pound in just five months. Roger has always been the same down to earth person, despite all his many accomplishments beginning in high school.

Roger was All-State in Football, Wrestling, and in Track. He was offered scholarships in all the sports and chose from one of the almost 100 schools that offered him a scholarship in football. He attended the University of Alabama where he played for Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, and Gene Stallings. He started at center for 48 games. He was All-SEC twice, was a freshman All-American, and was an honorable mention All-American his junior and senior year. While at Alabama, he won several awards for character, was the captain of the football team, and became known around campus as a guy that would talk to anyone. He was always very approachable and funny. In fact, a Birmingham radio station had a “win a date with Roger Shultz” contest because of his constant complaining to the local sports media that he couldn’t get a date! Despite his use of often self-deprecating humor and the development of a public persona as a comedian, don’t be fooled, Roger Shultz is a smart guy and has always been a very good student. He values education highly.

After his playing days at UA, Roger moved on to graduate school at Alabama where he completed a Master’s in Marketing. This was on top of his Bachelors in Commerce and Business Administration earned earlier. While completing his graduate degree, Roger found time to be a graduate assistant on the 1992 U. of Alabama National Championship football team. Roger has since been named to the Alabama All Decade Team for the 90s and the 50-Year Iron Bowl Team, along with players like Joe Nameth and Ken Stabler.

What is most impressive is not the athletic record that Roger has, but that he has been able to accomplish so much since his playing days. Roger has been a football coach, a salesman, and an Associate Athletic Director (for almost 8 years at Troy University where he directed the marketing effort for Athletics and was instrumental when they went from the then Division 1-AA to 1-A football). He has been successful at everything he has tried. He has also volunteered to work with mentally disabled kids and to speak before youth, church, and community groups.

As mentioned earlier, Roger Shultz has always been a unique personality. For example, after completing graduate school, he admitted to friends that it had always been a lifelong dream of his to be on the Price is Right game show. Well, yes, he has since been a contestant on the Price is Right, where he won a very ugly chair for winning the opening bid. Also, while an undergraduate, he appeared in a Sports Illustrated article about some off the field issues with Alabama football as the guy who had no problem staying out of trouble, given that he was known for ordering rounds of milk at any bar in which he happened to be found. He has appeared on Oprah. Yes, Oprah. You know, “the” Oprah. While there, he showed Oprah what he ate before and after his stint on the Biggest Loser.

As you can imagine, one of Roger’s hobbies has been to try out for reality TV shows. While certainly, Roger tries to get on the shows, he really goes to these auditions, not necessarily to get on the shows, but to talk to people while standing in line and to find other “characters” out there who have the same “life is for fun” attitude as he does.

Well prior to his appearance on a reality TV show and even prior to his hobby of trying out for them, Roger actually started his own syndicated college football call in radio show that still runs during the football season along with his co-host, former NY Giants and Auburn QB Stan White. Over the past years, Roger has hosted many radio shows of his own and has been a guest host of others, has been a TV color analyst for college football and basketball, has worked as an on air personality for local sports television, and has been a motivational speaker.

In the middle of all this, Roger obviously did finally get a date. He has married very well and, as a result, he has a “chip off the old block” son with his wife Paige. Ivan is now seven years old and growing every day.

Currently, Roger endorses a variety of products and is actually paid to speak publicly. He was recently appointed the State of Alabama’s Health Coach and has begun a foundation that focuses on the problem of childhood obesity.

For sure, it is always interesting around Roger because you never know what opportunity may present itself, gain his attention, and lead to productive, and often entertaining, situations.
 
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