For the past five years Hubert and Mary Lou Pierschbacher have been diehard University of Alabama fans. Their only grandson, Ross, was recruited by Coach Lou Sabin to play for the Crimson Tide out of Cedar Falls High School.
Son Brad, a 1983 graduate of Chariton and a former Charger football taught in Chariton and then moved to Cedar Falls to become an industrial technology teacher. “Ross was born at the Chariton hospital and the doctor who delivered him looked at his feet and said he was going to be one big boy,” said Mary Lou.
He was a three-time first team all-state player for Cedar Falls and was named to the first team elite all-state team as a senior. He was named the top college prospect coming out of Iowa his senior year and was recruited nationally, making visits to Stanford among others.
A top student, Pieschbacher was an SEC All-Academic pick with a 3.7 grade point average and just missed being named an Academic All-American.
Ross was listed as a 6’4”, 309-pound offensive center on Alabama’s football website. He earned first team All SEC honors as an offensive guard a year ago, switched to center and earned second team All SEC honors and was named to All-American teams. He is predicted to be a late second round or early third round draft choice, but his value is heightened because he has played both guard and center. Pierschbacher graduated with a masters degree in business marketing and is currently in Irvine, Calif. preparing for the NFL Combine held in February in Indianapolis.
Hubert and Mary Lou have attended at least two games each year Ross has played at Alabama but never attended a national championship game that involved Alabama.
Much has been written about the Iowa native in both Alabama and national press. Here is a compilation of stories about Pierschbacher.
Read the February 5, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.