I am a husband, guitar player and computer analyst, probably in that order. I have been a fan of the Auburn University football team since attending the 1969 Auburn-Wake Forest game which featured the debuts of future Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan at quarterback and eventual all-world receiver Terry Beasley. Auburn won that game 55-0 and the huge crowd really impressed me. I was fifteen years old at the time and years later I learned there were only thirty-something thousand attendees at that game which pales compared to today's eighty seven plus thousand attendance figures at the drastically enlarged Jordan-Hare Stadium.
I enrolled at Auburn University in the fall of 1972 and eventually graduated in the spring of 1980. Hey, I quit for a while. I've been a computer analyst on campus since 1985. For over sixteen years I worked across the street from Jordan-Hare Stadium.
I've attended a few hundred Auburn games. I've bought season seasons for over twenty-five years plus attended numerous road games. I attended "Punt-Bama-Punt." I endured the nine-game Alabama winning streak. I delivered pizzas to Joe Cribbs. I saw Bo play. I was there when Bama finally came to Auburn in 1989. I saw Cam Newton, the best college offensive player I've ever seen, electrify the Auburn faithful while leading the Tigers to the 2010 BCS Championship. I watched the BCS Championship victory at home on television. I desperately wanted to attend the game but the weak economy caught up with me that year. Auburn defeated a scrappy and extremely well-coached Oregon team 22-19 to cap off possibly the highest point in the roller coaster of fortunes that has defined Auburn football in my lifetime.
At age fifty-seven in the fall of 2011, I haven't lost the fire inside and still look forward to the next game.