“We’re in This Thing Together – We’re Truly the Auburn Family”

By Posted on: January 15th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 5 Comments »
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                                                                                                    (photo:Vasha Hunt, al.com)
Auburn’s near miss in the National Championship Game has caused most Tiger fans to ruminate over the game and the 2013 season. I know it’s been a week and it’s time to move on but as I sit here at my desk tonight reflecting, I can’t help but think how grateful I am to be an Auburn Tiger.

That fact was driven home for me as I watched the Tigers return home in 20 degree weather to a hero’s welcome at the Montgomery Airport and later at the Auburn indoor practice facility.

Coach Malzahn told those gathered, that the Tigers success this year started with the 84,000 that gathered for A-Day. “I just want to tell you this: We’re all in this thing together. We’re truly the Auburn Family.”

I have friends who have told me they get a little tired of hearing that expression. But it is not only real, it is something very special. People who are not a part of it can not grasp the depth or the magnitude of what holds us together.

There is no Auburn Nation as with other schools, there is only the ‘Auburn Family’. I believe Auburn man J. Griffin Stewart may have said it best in his treatise a few years back when he wrote:

“Auburn is so much more than a city or a school or a team or a degree. It is something that, once you have experienced it, will live inside of you forever and become a part of what makes up who you are.”

Former quarterback Kodi Burns said as much when he returned as a Graduate Assistant last year,” I am Auburn,” Burns said. “It’s in me … once you leave Auburn, it never leaves you.”

That bond and that spirit are shared by Auburn people everywhere. It is a special quality that feeds the Auburn Family with courage, vitality, and an unflagging loyalty. Family gives Auburn people strength to face adversity in times of crisis and brings out a desire to celebrate together in times of triumph.

Auburn men and women have a deep and abiding love for Auburn University. It is a love that transcends both academics and sports. It is a love that is carried on not only in Auburn but by Auburn people miles away from the Loveliest Village on the Plains.

As an Auburn Man I was filled with pride and emotion as I watched the video of the team’s homecoming. I’m not ashamed to say that tears welled up in my eyes when I viewed over a thousand Auburn Family members, brave sub freezing temperatures to show support for their Tigers. I can admit that because, as Coach Malzahn said, “We’re truly the Auburn Family.”

War Eagle!

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  1. tigertracker says:

    My parents had a small framed phrase on our wall when I was growing up. Not sure who wrote it or when. In my younger days (80′s) I never “got” it, but as I grow older it hits home more and more:
    Auburn is home,
    Auburn is family,
    Auburn is a feeling that can’t be described,
    Only experienced.

  2. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    The feeling you get when:
    You turn off I-85 onto Wire Rd
    When you drive down College St
    When you see Toomers
    When you see the stadium rising toward the sky
    When you first see the field through the portal
    When the Tigers take the field
    When the eagle flies
    When the band plays
    All those things yield a warm tingle
    That makes a family and it is truly special.

  3. Im4Auburn says:

    Great article.
    I saw a picture on twitter of the street at the BCS game leading to the Rose Bowl and the Auburn bus was heading down the road with thousands of Auburn people lining both sides of the street. The man who took it said his thoughts were that it was just “unbelievable.”

    It’s difficult to explain to others how real the Auburn Family truly is, but those who have experienced it need no explanation. A simple War Eagle to one another says it all.

  4. win4au says:

    84,000 fans at A-Day after a 3-9 season… That right there says it all!
    WDE

  5. AUTigerinBR says:

    Love this article AubTigerman. You were able to put into words what I have wanted to say on several posts since the game. Loving Auburn is so much more than sports, and certainly more than 1 game.

    These young people– actually all associated with this team– have taught us about hard work, about respecting each other and about determination. I have never read the Stewart quote before, but it is right on. I also think that if you agree with the Auburn Creed, you just get it.

    THE AUBURN CREED
    I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

    I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

    I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

    I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

    I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

    I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

    I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.”

    And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.
    -George Petrie (1945)