From Jerry Falwell’s obituary article from the Associated Press:
As a student, Falwell was a star athlete and prankster who was barred from giving his high school valedictorian’s speech after he was caught using counterfeit lunch tickets.
He ran with a gang of juvenile delinquents before becoming a born-again Christian at 19. He turned down an offer to play professional baseball and transferred from Lynchburg College to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo.
“My heart was burning to serve Christ,” he once said in an interview. “I knew nothing would ever be the same again.”