Auburn All-American Ronnie Brown (photo:Todd Van Ernst)
In the last three days here at Track ‘Em Tigers, we have been taking nominations for our own Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame. It’s a challenging task to come up with a slate of names when one is looking at hundreds of great players from the past 121 years.
Therefore we turned once again to our readership for assistance. Our members came through, making over 80 nominations along with some excellent reasons for their selections. Today we have prepared a ballot for our readers to determine who will make up the class of 2014.
We announced on Tuesday that Coach Mike Donahue was nominated for the staff selection. His name is one of two remaining Tigers that are on the College Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame that have yet to be placed in TET’s Hall. The other is former Running back, Dr. Ed Dyas. Therefore we are making both automatic selections for this year’s class.
Since all of Auburn’s 12 College Football Hall Fame members are now included, we plan to have two classifications in the future. One representing players from the last 25 – 30 years and one representing “old school” Tigers.
To get our other seven selections we have prepared a ballot/poll based on the names provided by TET members from this week’s nominations. However, we have two deviations from our announced plans.
The player that received the most nominations has not been out of school long enough to be eligible. Nonetheless support for his inclusion has been overwhelming. Therefore we’ve made an exception and added Phillip Lutzenkirchen’s name to the ballot.
Also in the comments on Tuesday’s article, TET member WarEagle3020 made a suggestion to include a special induction for Auburn radio announcer, Jim Fyffe. Thirty-twenty had this to say about Fyffe:
“Jim Fyffe: voice of the Auburn Tigers. His voice on the radio solidified my love for Auburn at an early age. Many including myself, considered him an important part of the Auburn Tigers football team. His contributions to the program are legendary.”
We certainly agree with that endorsement and therefore Jim Fyffe will be included in this year’s class as a special staff placement.
There are 11 names on the list and the poll will close Tuesday, July ninth. The seven names receiving the highest number of votes will be included in this year’s class of the Track ‘Em Tigers Football Hall of Fame. So vote for the seven that you would like to see go into this year’s HOF class. Next week, we will publish a tribute article to the list of winners.
Since the comments for Tuesday’s article have been closed, please feel free to discuss your ballot here on this post.
We thank you and again wish all a Happy 4th of July.
Voting Closed – See bios of 2014 class at Tribute article.
Ballot for 2014 class of Track 'em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame Ballot (Choose 7 names).
- Dameyeune Craig (QB) (83%, 871 Votes)
- Ronnie Brown (RB) (81%, 857 Votes)
- Phillip Lutzenkirchen (TE) (79%, 832 Votes)
- Frank Sanders (WR) (76%, 800 Votes)
- Karlos Dansby (LB) (74%, 784 Votes)
- David Rocker (DT) (58%, 616 Votes)
- David Langner (DB) (58%, 614 Votes)
- Marcus McNeil (OL) (57%, 599 Votes)
- Tommy Agee (FB) (53%, 560 Votes)
- Aubdray Bruce (DE) (49%, 513 Votes)
- Lewis Colbert (ST) (16%, 169 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,055
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