Saying goodbye is not an easy thing to do, but it’s a normal part of life’s experiences. People come in and go out of our lives. Some just fade away while others leave an imprint on our hearts.
When those times of separation come, they often cause us to reflect on what all that person has meant to us.
Sometimes you can feel it when someone is going to end up being a great person. Leadership just exudes from every fiber of their being and that’s certainly true of Kodi Burns.
I remember the first time I saw him play on Pat Dye Field, you knew there was something special about this young man. It was more than an ability to play, although he certainly had that. There was something about the way he carried himself; something about the way he interacted with his teammates, coaches, the fans, and the media.
He has that intangible quality that makes people like him. And he has used it in life to make others around him better for having known him. Sometimes you just feel it when someone is going to end up being a great player. But this guy also ended up being a great person.
He entertained us, he inspired us, he helped pull a fractured team and (Auburn Family) together and in so doing Kodi Burns was as responsible as anyone for bringing the 2010 National Championship to Auburn.
Every Auburn fan remembers his unselfish unifying speech when he lost the starting quarterback job to Chris Todd. And there were other great moments. Some of my favorite memories came during that championship season.
I remember when Kodi threw the block to spring Onterio McCalebb‘s 75 yard touchdown run against LSU and when he threw that pass for Cam Newton’s famous touchdown catch against Ole Miss. And I especially remember sitting two rows from the field in the University of Phoenix Stadium’s endzone when he scored the first touchdown against Oregon in the BCS Championship game.
I remember how excited he was when he returned to coach at his alma mater. He knew then he wanted to coach and move up, “I want to be an offensive coordinator one of these days here pretty quick,” Kodi said. “And soon after be a head coach.”
Now the start of that dream has begun as he is leaving Auburn to follow the path of his mentor Rhett Lashlee in going to work for Auburn icon, Pat Sullivan, as the running backs coach at Samford University.
While we know he’ll be moving on to bigger things, he will always remain a special person to the Auburn Family. We will never forget all the times we spent together on The Plains.
As he leaves, we want to thank him for the things he taught us. How to work hard, how to persevere in times of adversity, how to put others before ourselves, and how to be a person of integrity.
If there was ever a player to come through Auburn that epitomized the Auburn Creed it’s Kodi Burns. While we’re sad to see him go, we’re at the same time happy and proud for a true Auburn Man. Godspeed Kodi and …
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