Kirkwood’s NFL Claim to Fame!

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 29, 2020

SPORTS! Something that is not COVID-19 related news! We are here for it. 

The NFL Draft happened last week and sports fans everywhere were ecstatic to have something to watch (finally)! We at Kirkwood have a special connection to this years NFL draft because our very own Festus Igbinoghene has a son who was eligible to be drafted. No surprise for fans of Noah Igbinoghene, he was drafted late in the first round to be a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins! I had the privilege of interviewing his father and one of our wonderful employees, Festus this week and he shared with us a bit about himself, his excitement for his son, and anticipations for the future. 

Festus is one of our RNs in Skilled Nursing and he has been working at Kirkwood for about 5 years and his favorite thing about working here is how our community has such a family-like atmosphere.  He is from Nigeria but now lives in Trussville with his wife and 3 children. It is not a shock that his oldest son, Noah, is now a professional football player because both Festus and his wife were olympic athletes and Festus trained Noah and is now training his 12-year-old son Michael. 

When I asked Festus how he felt when his son received the call from Miami, he said that honestly he was shocked they didn’t receive a call sooner but was very excited and thankful that his son was drafted by a team whose coaches love and value defense. Festus said he is proud of Noah and believes he earned this and all the wonderful things that come with being a professional football player. 

The Igbinoghene’s have two other children, Hope and Michael. Hope is a freshman track star at Auburn and Michael is 12 and currently on the football team at Trussville middle school. I cannot wait to see what is in store for the future of the Igbinoghene family and specifically their all star athlete children! Congratulations to Noah and thanks to Festus for all of the wonderful work you do for our residents here at Kirkwood.


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident