Nosa Eguae Writes an Open Letter to the Auburn Family

By Posted on: January 8th, 2014 in Football, Memories 8 Comments »

    
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Dear Auburn Family,

In August, I told myself that when this season and my time here at Auburn came to a close, I would write an open letter the Auburn Family to simply say “thank you!”

After last night I found myself having trouble putting into words the gratitude I was longing to convey. This University will forever have a place in my heart, and the city of Auburn will forever be a home to me.

In 2009 I came to college as a seventeen-year-old kid from Arlington, Texas. Now, in 2014, I am leaving as a twenty-two-year-old Auburn man.

I wish I could list every person that helped make this the most memorable time of my life; however, that list is far too long. I would like to thank Jay Jacobs for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this family. Everyone in the support staff in the athletic complex from compliance, equipment, trainers and media relations, to the academic staff that never once let me lose sight of what was most important- leaving Auburn University with my degree in hand.

Auburn FCA, who helped me grow spiritually and constantly pushed me towards Christ. Brother Chette, you will forever be a mentor for me. You played an instrumental role in the decision to rededicate my life to Christ and be baptized two years ago.

To all of my coaches throughout my time here, I thank you. My two strength coaches taught me the true meaning of work hard work, and that is something I will carry forever and no one will every be able to take it from me. Coach Garner, you instilled in me accountability and consistency. I cannot thank you enough for bringing me so far in just a year’s time.

Coach Malzhan, you gave my fellow seniors and me the opportunity to be leaders among men. I speak on behalf of all of my brothers that wore the AU helmet for the last time yesterday when I say “thank you.”

Soon enough, I will look back and reflect on our accomplishments but today; I am choosing to live in the moment. This is the last time my brothers and I will get to spend a day with each other for tomorrow we will go our separate ways and pass the torch to the next group of seniors that will lead and fight for the greater good of the family. From tragedy to triumph, I could not ask for a better group of men to ride off into the sunset with.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every one of my teammates, past and present. Nothing will ever break the bond I have with every single one of my brothers I had the pleasure of going to war with.

And in closing, to the greatest fans in America, “thank you!” I appreciate you. Through the ups, downs and times that seemed much like a roller coaster, you all stayed true. That is why Auburn is different. That is why we’re family! I cannot thank you enough for that.

War Eagle! God bless you all!

Nosa Eguae #94 c/o2013

“Why pride? When the only reason you have anything good is because the King humbled Himself and died for you.” –Louie Giglio

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  1. MyAuburn says:

    Thank you Nosa, You said it superbly and I bet every other member of the team feels the same.

    I don’t know you if read this blog but I for one feel the same way and thank you. You are definitely an Auburn man.

  2. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    Amen. Thanks for all the hard work you gave all of us, and may God bless your road from here on!

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..That’s a stirring letter! Nosa will be missed.

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Damn fine Auburn man, right there. War Eagle, Nosa!! Good luck!!

  5. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Nosa-
    THANK YOU YOUNG MAN!! I never had the good fortune to play in the Navy and Orange but from my playing days in high school, I know how the experiences you have had fortify, will your soul for the rest of your life. Football is one of the only sports where you asked to overcome, pain, exhaustion and other limits of the body to draw on the pure strength of WILL to succeed….to become a champion. I envy the journey you have made to get to this point and my heart swells with pride to see what a fine, respectful and humble man you have become.

    I will share this letter with my sons and I hope that they can follow your fine example and become the kind of men that would be able to write a similar letter to their mentors and guideposts upon graduation.

    Good luck with all you choose to do in the future, and continue to be that light that shines for all those you come into contact with.

    WarEagle and God Bless You!!

  6. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Outstanding.

    WDE

  7. gonecoastal says:

    To Nosa, thank you for the blood, sweat and tears that you’ve put into this program. Your leadership, your sacrifices, have all helped bring this team, fans and family from the depths of despair to the heights of champions.

    Watching the game, reading the articles, reading your open letter above, bring tears to my eyes – not because we lost the championship game, but because of all that you young men have accomplished. Yes, I’m overly sentimental, but I’m grateful that we could share this time together.

    People like you make me proud to be an Auburn man!

  8. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Great letter from a great Auburn man, but it’s we who should thank you Nosa!
    WDE!