Back in 2002, it was a high school student, Ryen McPherson, who roped Rufus Hannah into infamy by having him perform in a series of Bumfights viral videos. Nearly a decade later, it is now Hannah’s turn to speak to high school students about his new book, A Bum Deal, and story of remarkable recovery.
During an appearance last week at Great Oaks High School in Temecula, the 56-year-old San Diego based Hannah proved that the Bumfights scars still run deep. He was joined at the all-day event by patron saint Barry Soper, the Rancho Santa Fe real estate mogul who employs Hannah as a property manager and has helped the once homeless man find his way to sobriety, a college degree, a new wife and baby.
Hannah and Soper held back their tears while they showed a film montage depicting the horrors of the Bumfights videos to the students. “This should never happen to another person again,” said Hannah.
Hannah said he has been transformed. “It’s wonderful now,” he said.
If Hannah can survive the horrors of Bumfights, there’s certainly hope for America’s other homeless viral video star, Ted Williams. Separately, the law enforcement officer who was the case agent for the Bumfights lawsuit that followed shared over the weekend that he thought Hannah’s hardcover release was “pretty good.”