Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who also serves as director and chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services. Beyond his professional pursuits, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn University Tigers football team.
The Tigers are well into the 2017 college football season, but that hasn’t stopped the team’s coaches from preparing for the future. Several of the country’s top high school athletes have already committed to playing for the Tigers next season, including seven players on the defensive side of the ball. On the defensive line, the school received a commitment from four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller, who chose Auburn over Florida and Alabama. The school’s other commit on the defensive line is Daquan Newkirk, who originally declared his intentions to play for Auburn in 2016, but failed to meet the academic requirements.
The Tigers will lose three senior safeties following the 2017 season, so the team has been heavily recruiting at that position. It has already received commitments from four players, including four-star recruit Quindarious Monday, who some pundits believe could be the team’s most important freshman in 2018. Another major recruit is four-star linebacker Michael Harris, who received offers from 20 different schools.
Edgar “Ed” Gentle has worked as attorney in Alabama for the last 25 years. An avid reader of both modern and classic fiction, Ed Gentle is also a published author, having composed the short story collection “Pond Mountain Tales“.
Countless short story collections have gone on to enjoy both critical and commercial success. Raymond Carver has long been lauded as a master of short fiction, most notably for his 1976 collection, “Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?”. Stories from the collection, such as “Fat” and “Are You a Doctor?” endure in English literature classes more than four decades later. During the release of the collection, critics of the day even shortlisted the collection for the National Book Award.
More recently, author George Saunders established himself as one of the most respected modern short story writers. Saunders enjoyed considerable critical acclaim for early collections, such as “Pastoralia” and “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline”, while his 2013 book “Tenth of December” was heralded by both The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. The Times went so far as to call the collection the year’s best book.
Other popular and important collections of short fiction include “Runaway” by Alice Munro, “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri, and “The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor”.
A court-appointed special administrator, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who has helped administer more than $2.5 billion in settlements throughout his 32-year legal career. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn Tigers college football team.
Since 2013, the Tigers have been coached by Arkansas native Gus Malzahn, who has led the team to a 59-40 win-loss record, including a 5-1 record through the first six weeks of the 2017 season. Regarded as one of the best offensive minds in all of college football, Malzahn served six seasons as an offensive coordinator with Arkansas, Tulsa, and Auburn before accepting the head coach position with Arkansas State in 2012. He led the team to a 9-3 record that season and was subsequently hired as head coach by Auburn.
In his first year as head coach of the Tigers, Malzahn led the team to a 12-2 record. He earned numerous coaching awards, including Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year, after becoming only the third coach in SEC history to win a conference championship in his first season at a school. The last person to accomplish the feat was John Vaught of Ole Miss in 1947. While the Tigers lost in the BCS National Championship that season, it has since participated in three consecutive bowl games, including the Birmingham Bowl, which it won in 2015.
An Alabama-based attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience, Edgar “Ed” Gentle has administered over $2.5 billion in settlements as a court-appointed special master. Before completing his law degree, Ed Gentle earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Auburn University. A passionate college football fan, he counts Auburn as his favorite team.
More than two dozen Auburn alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters as of the start of the 2017 season. While quarterback Cam Newton is arguably the most well-known, several others have enjoyed successful careers, including:
– Karlos Dansby, a 6-foot-4, 243-pound linebacker from Birmingham, Alabama. Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, he has accumulated 42 quarterback sacks, 19 interceptions, 20 forced fumbles, and six touchdowns in his 14-year career.
– Dee Ford, a first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. A fourth-year defensive end who has 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, he had a breakthrough campaign in 2016, recording a career-high 10 sacks and 38 tackles.
– Greg Robinson, a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana. A 6-foot-5, 332-pound offensive tackle who was selected second overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft, he played three seasons with the Rams before joining the Detroit Lions prior to the 2017 season.
Attorney Edgar “Ed” Gentle is chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services and a partner with a Birmingham, Alabama, law firm. Prior to earning his juris doctor, Ed Gentle received a bachelor’s in biology from Auburn University. An avid college football fan, he attends multiple Auburn games each season.
As of the start of the 2017 preseason, 42 former Auburn players were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, but no player is more prominent than quarterback Cam Newton. The 2015 NFL MVP has recorded a combined 184 touchdowns (136 passing and 48 rushing) over his six-year career. The Carolina Panthers superstar was selected first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft following a spectacular season at Auburn University in which he won the Heisman Trophy as the most valuable player in all of college football.
A native of College Park, Georgia, Newton attended the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, but played sparingly. He enrolled at Auburn in 2010 and, through 14 games as the team’s starting quarterback, threw for 2,854 yards and rushed for 1,473 yards. The dual-threat athlete scored a combined 51 touchdowns, which ranked first in the country.
A treasurer for the Alabama Democratic Party, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an experienced attorney and one-third stockholder of Custom Cable Services. Before earning a juris doctor from the University of Alabama, Ed Gentle completed a bachelor’s in biology at Auburn University in 1975. To this day, he remains an avid fan of the Auburn Tigers football team.
Heading into the 2017 season, 43 Auburn Tiger alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, four of which were selected in the 2017 NFL draft. Montravius Adams was the first Auburn player to be selected in the draft. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound defensive tackle was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with pick No. 93. Through four years with Auburn, Adams recorded 147 tackles, 19.5 of which were for a loss of yards, and 10.5 quarterback sacks. He also had three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. Injury-plagued linebacker Carl Lawson was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with pick No. 116 after an impressive 2016 campaign in which he recorded 14 tackles for a loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks.
The Arizona Cardinals selected defensive back Rudy Ford with pick No. 208 in the draft. The safety led the Tigers in tackles in 2014 and 2015 and, upon being drafted, signed a four-year rookie deal worth over $2.5 million. Finally, defensive back Josh Holsey was selected in the seventh and final round by the Washington Redskins. After recovering from a pair of ACL tears, Holsey was healthy in 2016 and had a team-high 10 pass breakups and recorded three interceptions.
Since 1992, attorney Edgar (“Ed”) Gentle has served as partner at Gentle Turner Sexton & Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. Ed Gentle graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law, which recently announced that one of its students has won the Ninth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.
Every year, the American Association of Law Libraries’ (AALL’s) Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section holds the Ninth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The goals of the competition are to promote scholarship and expose students to AALL and the field of law librarianship.
A rising third-year Alabama Law student, this year’s winner was Gonzalo E. Rodriguez, who wrote Protecting Inland Waterways, from the Institutes of Gaius to Magna Carta. In the essay, he discusses how ancient Rome, England, and the Visigothic Kingdom managed water resources. The essay required extensive research of climatic and political aspects of these civilizations to examine how they protected their waterways.
In recognition of his achievement, Mr. Rodriguez received a cash prize of $500 and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses to present his essay at the AALL’s annual meeting.