Auburn Football: Remembering Toomer's Oaks Legacy on the Plains

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Auburn Football: Remembering Toomer's Oaks Legacy on the Plains
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Toomer's oaks no longer grace the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue in downtown Auburn. It's a loss for Auburn, the SEC and the college football world. 

Tuesday, April 23, was a day that Auburn Tigers fans had hoped would never come. Yet, for the past two years, the removal of the trees was inevitable. Fighting a long, hard fight, the trees could not overcome the poison that was given to them by a deranged man.

Because of a football game.

At 1:17 p.m EST on Tuesday, both of the legendary oaks no longer stood upright where they have called home for close a century. Seeing pictures, it still feels surreal.

Although they are now gone, the two oaks had one heck of a going away party. After the A-Day game last Saturday, thousands of Auburn fans flocked to their usual meeting place to give the trees a final roll. The Auburn family sent a message to the rest of the college football world. The message was simply this: "You can't keep a strong family down."

Future generations of Auburn fans will only hear of the two trees through stories told by those lucky enough to have been able to experience the tradition of joyfully tossing toilet paper into the air and creating a winter wonderland on a warm Alabama fall day. 

Before closing the chapter on the two oaks, and sending them off into Auburn lore, let's remember the legacy they leave behind. 

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