The many that know Aubrey Huff on the surface, know him as a world champion baseball player who’s a noted loose cannon, controversial and doesn’t have a problem telling the world what he thinks. They know him as pro-God, pro-America, pro-gun and pro-masculinity. His unafraid matter of being doesn’t come from hate, but from love. Aubrey wants everyone to experience the freedom, peace, and happiness that comes from frankly speaking your truth without fear of judgment from friends, family, or society.
But how did he become this man we are familiar with today?
Much like a sword is made by fire and the hammering of molten steel; Aubrey’s life was forged with one challenge after another. When he was six years old, his father, Aubrey Huff Jr. was murdered as he attempted to protect a woman in a domestic dispute where he worked. This sudden tragic event left Huff’s mother, Fonda, alone to raise him and his sister, Angela.
Shattered by the loss of his father and seeing how hard it was impacting his mother, promised he would take care of her by buying her a house and a car. To achieve that goal, he’d become a pro-baseball player. He humbly asked her for a batting cage, something he knew he needed to fulfill his promise. She came through and got him the batting cage, lights, and a pitching machine, doing so all on a meager teacher’s salary. Armed with the tools he needed; Aubrey went to work.
In his early years he could be found practicing baseball in his yard religiously. Staying up late, getting up early and practicing every day. He dedicated himself to mastering the sport so he could make good on his promise to his mother.
While the years ticked by, the pain of losing his father was still very present and affected him greatly. In high school he was very shy and lacked confidence. He wasn’t popular or even particularly good at baseball despite the fact he practiced every day. During his senior year in high school, Aubrey only hit .300 with 1 home run. This lackluster performance left him without a scholarship offer to play college baseball upon graduation. He was devasted because he had worked so hard, yet here he was.
However, he had made a promise to his mother, and he wasn’t about to abandon that. Filled with determination and a never say die attitude instilled in him by his hardworking mother and because he loved the game, he walked on to Vernon Regional Junior College in Texas and got a chance to play. There he blossomed as a man and a player. His freshman year he was first team all-conference for the Chapparals hitting a whopping .417 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs.
From college he fulfilled his dream and that promise. He made it to the majors and bought his mother that house and car. His career in the majors was successful and spanned 13 seasons. He played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and finished off his career with two World Series Championships (2010, 2012) as a San Francisco Giant. He retired in 2012 with a career average of .278 with 242 home runs, and 904 RBIs.
Aubrey’s journey on and off the field taught him many things with the most important being that he learned what it took to become a man. Not having a father teach him the ways of masculinity left him searching during those years with him sometimes being forced to learn the hard way. His many struggles included alcoholism, drug use, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and finding purpose after his major league career was over. During those dark times, Aubrey was able to come back, much like he when he walked on at Vernon Regional Junior College.
Aubrey has since found the purpose he sought after retiring professional baseball, he’s now a mentor, teacher and guide for other men that struggle with the same issues he had suffered through. He has a passion for speaking and does so all over the country, he shares with thousands of people his inspiring journey to the big leagues, and how he went from being suicidal after the game was over to the man, and the father he is today.
When Aubrey isn't counseling others or sharing his fearless world view to the masses, he can be found with his two boys. It’s his role as father, that he considers the most important thing in his life.
While Aubrey may have made his mark as a baseball player...he now enjoys painting custom art pieces for his fans.
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