There are generations of Tigers fans, “family” traditions, and the support and encouragement of a family behind every Tiger out there playing. To be a part of this family you don’t have to a part of the team because it includes the teams, the students, worldwide fans, and the village of Auburn, Alabama also. The love and passion for Auburn University is often passed down from parent to child.
Many families have had generation after generation attend Auburn and graduate. Mary Claire Caning tells of her family involvement in Auburn in the story “War Eagle Lineage.She states, “A year after I started school, my sister joined me at Auburn, along with five cousins” (Satisfied et al.
95). Tim Satisfied recounts about his father, “My father had a very clear view about how he wanted to raise his sons. You need to know, up front, that this view was slightly tainted orange and blue, considering the fact that he graduated from there in 1969” (Satisfied et al. 59).
Growing up in the state of Alabama, you are forced to choose a side between the University of Alabama and Auburn University at a very young age.Beginning in 1893, The Iron Bowl has en referred to as the biggest sports rivalry nationwide. In the film Roll Tide War Eagle, Cam Newton, former Auburn quarterback, states, “You either have to be crimson or orange and blue. ” Greg McElroy, former Alabama quarterback, adds, “And if you don’t pick either one then they both hate you” (Roll Tide War Eagle). Experiencing this first hand, I have seen this turn from a rivalry to an all out war. There is true hatred in this rivalry. No matter where you go in the state of Alabama, you can be sure to see or hear the battle cries of ‘War Eagle! Or “Roll Tide! Just hearing those two words invokes great amounts of passion within fans statewide.
The Auburn University football is a program built on tradition and history. According to www. Brigantines. Com, the oldest football rivalry in the south began on February 20, 1 892, when Auburn university played the University of Georgia. This rivalry has continued on every year except 1943 when Auburn did not have a football team due to World War II. Currently Auburn is leading the rivalry with 52-48-8. This is only one example of the history of championships at Auburn University.
Another radiation is the Tiger Walk. This is one of the many ways Auburn fans rally around the players to show them support and encouragement. This event happens two hours prior to every game, whether at home or on the road. It began in the sass’s when Auburn players would make the walk from Swell Hall to the stadium (MN. Raw. Brigantines. Com) Thousands of fans line the sides of the Auburn Tigers’ football team and cheer them on.
One Auburn football player described it as this, ” You are focused on the game… Of course… But you are definitely feeding off the emotion of the fans.
.. Our adrenaline is so high that you feel like you could run through a brick wall or pick up a car” (Satisfied et al 27) Ivan Masses describes it like this in his account of the Tiger Walk, ‘The Auburn fans roared, their eyes glazed with a mixture fervor, pride, passion, and perhaps a bit of Jack Daniels” (Woodberry 64). Bobbie, Auburn University’s mascot, is greatly loved by all Auburn fans. He adorns t-shirts, posters, plates, and anything else you could imagine. Bobbie has been around for over 30 years and you can expect to see him at almost any campus or Auburn university event.Bobbie continues on the winning tradition at Auburn University with six mascot national championships and he is a member of the inaugural class of mascots inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame.
The main job of Bobbie is to get the fans in the crowd riled up and get them cheering loudly for Auburn. He is sure to bring a smile to all, old or young. Auburn university has a history of legendary players. Currently more than 200 of Auburn University football players have gone on to play in the NFG. Fifteen of those players have gone on to get 30 All-Pro Honors and 23 have played inSuper Bowls. Not only did John Hessian coach for Auburn University, Auburn University is home to three Hessian Trophies: Boo Jackson (1985), Pat Sullivan (1971) and Cam Newton (2010)(www. Brigantines.
Com) To any Auburn fan the name Boo Jackson is synonymous with great athlete. To this day Auburn fans love Boo and tell their favorite game day stories concerning him. Boo Jackson was not only one of the best football players in the nation, but also one of the best baseball players in the nation. Directly out of high school, the New York Yankees offered Boo a $250,000 signing bonus.Boo turned that deal down in order to get a college education and play sports for a college team. Although by many considered to be the greatest athlete to wear the Auburn jersey, Boo humbly states, “There is always somebody out there who is better than you are” (Wood berry 26) In 201 0, Auburn University recruited Cam Newton. A 6’5″ 248 pound quarterback.
This was a game changer for the Auburn Tigers. This brought the Auburn players hope. Charles Barley referred to him as, “a physical beast. ” Before the season started, no one was even considering Auburn for the SEC Championship.They never expected that this team would go on to win the National Championship. Throughout the 2010 season Cam Newton went through much controversy and scrutiny, but the Auburn community stood behind him with full support the whole way. Cam Newton led the Auburn Tigers to an undefeated season, SEC championship, and their first National Championship in fifty-three years (Roll Tide War Eagle).
The football coaches at Auburn university play one of the most crucial roles in the culture of Auburn football. Most often, they are the face of Auburn University football.Media spends more time talking to coaches than to anyone else on the team. The coaches are able to give Auburn fans hope beginning a new season or even in the midst of a tough season. Auburn has had many great coaches over the past one hundred years and many are still highly revered by fans. Ralph “Chug’ Jordan is widely considered Auburn’s greatest coach of all time and is a legend that any Auburn fan greatly admires. Jordan was a 1932 Auburn university graduate.
Fans knew that he had a connection to the team already and had confidence that he would bring Auburn forward in football.Coming into Auburn, the football program had been struggling and Jordan had a long way to go to turn the team around. With 176 wins, including a SEC championship and a National Championship, in a twenty-five year coaching run at Auburn, he is Auburn’s all-time winnings coach. He won four Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year awards and in 1957 won the National Coach of the year Award (Uglier 8). In 1 982 he was posthumously inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Coach Jordan was not only a great football coach, but a great person as well.His players fondly remember him in the way that he truly cared about them and their lives.
Lloyd Nix states, “l never saw him when he didn’t ask about my mother” (Woodberry 3). As with any culture, certain locations play a huge role in that culture. One of those important locations in Auburn is Toner’s Corner. This is the intersection that divides downtown Auburn and the Auburn University campus. This corner is named for Toner’s Drugs, a small store famous for their fresh lemonade, which has been an Auburn landmark for over 150 years now.Located directly cross from Toner’s Drugs are two massive old-aged oak trees, which seem to dominate the entire corner. This is seen as a gathering place for students and residents in the community alike.
After any good event concerning Auburn University, the corner is rolled with toilet paper as a way of celebration. This tradition has been going on since the sass’s (www. Brigantines. Com) The home of Auburn football is Jordan-Hare stadium. Jordan-Hare stadium has a special place in every Auburn fan’s life. Year after year memories are made here.Whether the Tigers win or lose, the ay is still special because it is one of the only days that you can spend surrounded by your fellow Auburn comrades.
This is where the Auburn tigers play all of their home games. It was named for Ralph “Chug” Jordan and Cliff Hare, a member Of Auburn University s first football team. Built in 1939, it began with seats for only 7,500 fans. Over the past 70 years expansions have allowed Auburn to now hold the title of the nation’s ninth-largest on-campus stadium. When fully seated for any Auburn university football game, it becomes the fifth-largest city in Alabama, with a seating capacity of 87,451.