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“Auburn Will be in My Blood for the Rest of My Life”

By on March 5th, 2013 in Football 11 Comments »

From the pain he felt, he knew immediately something was wrong … very wrong. The back up middle linebacker was in on a practice scrimmage for a goal line stand when someone hit him in a way he had never before experienced.

He had sustained a major back injury with a cracked vertebrae at the bottom of his spine. Doctors would tell him later it was more like an injury that usually occurs to car accident victims.

As much as a physical blow, it was an emotional blow. After two years of being on and off the roster for the Baltimore Ravens, Josh Bynes appeared to have finally earned a place with the team. Then potential disaster struck.

It was a scary moment for Josh. Any back injury is scary and for a football player, there is always the possibility of never being able to play again.

It looked like Josh’s NFL career might be over just as it was finally beginning.

Despite being Defensive Captain of Auburn’s 2010 National Championship Team, Josh went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.

He was later signed as an undrafted free agent by the Ravens. His first year, he went through being released and being resigned twice.

That was tough enough but after that day in preseason camp, most would have not given him much of a chance to ever play professional football. Yet on October 17th, 2012 long time Ravens star Ray Lewis, was moved to injured reserve. Now just six weeks after sustaining a serious back injury, Bynes was activated.

He was given his first career start on December 16th, against the  Broncos and responded with a 13 tackle performance.

It was unbelievable that a guy could come from such an injury to become an NFL starter; especially in the same season. However, overcoming adversity was nothing new to Josh Bynes.

He has always exhibited a tough and tenacious football personality. Those that know him, say he fits the tough ‘mike’ roll of a never say die middle linebacker.

And as most Auburn fans know, Josh went on to make history when he made the final tackle of  Super Bowl XLVII, bringing down Ted Ginn Jr. in the final seconds. On that February night, Josh became the only Auburn player to ever be a part of both a BCS National Championship and a Super bowl Championship.

He returned this past weekend to the place where he honed his craft and learned that “Never to Yield” mentality, when he visited his alma mater.

In fielding media questions about his historic achievement, Josh said he was blessed to have been a part of championships at the collegiate and professional levels. However, he said he felt most bless to be an Auburn man.

“This is where it started for me, said Josh. “It makes you realize where you came from. I love, love, love Auburn. It will be in my blood for the rest of my life.”

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In the video below, Josh Bynes speaks about his love for Auburn University and his roller coaster experience on the way to being a part of the Baltimore Ravens’ Superbowl Championship.



  1. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I wish we could sign 85 players just like Josh Bynes.

    • sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

      We did. They played for us in 2010. Maybe not a full 85, but there was plenty of talent and a tremendous amount of that ever intangible ‘leadership’ quality on that team. Over the years, we’ll hear from them as they make their way in the NFL, coaching ranks and other professional pursuits. Kodi, Zac, Cam, Nick, Josh, Lutz, Lee and the rest of that very special team will continue to impress us in the future.

      In later years we’ll look back and marvel that they were all here at the same time.

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good read ATM and I enjoyed the video. Bynes will always be one of my favorites from the National Championship team. I’ll always remember his hustle and the way his eyes looked whenever the cameras caught a close up of him. He looked ferocious and he played that way.

  3. Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

    It’s a joy to see guys like Josh Bynes compete and succeed on any level. He’s the kind of athlete (and person) you point out to your kid and say, “That’s the way it’s supposed to be done.”

    Great stuff Aub! War Eagle!

    • buddy Ro shaka4244 says:

      Absolutely! Love to see this guy fight through and find the success. It goes without saying that “measurables” are only a spit in a bucket compared to the all an Auburn man like Josh Bynes can bring to a team.

      I will never forget Josh Bynes calling out the AU team before the season started and saying that it was going to go and win a National Champioship. I will never forget how he willed the AU Defense in the 4th Quarter over and over again in so many consecutive clutch game performances in 2010. There was no mistaking who turned the D nasty coming out of the locker room to start the 2nd half in those tight games. Miss St, S. Carolina, Kentucky, LSU, bama…

      That 2010 D did a great job of making half-time adjustments and turning the game on its head…

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

    What a great role model!! Fantastic story! War Eagle

  5. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    War Damn Eagle, Josh Bynes! A true inspiration and a true Auburn man. Great read.

  6. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    Good stuff ATM. Bynes is a great example. Hope Malzahn and Ellis can produce more like him.

  7. buddy Ro shaka4244 says:

    One of the things that surprised me about how Bynes developed as a MLB was how well he did both run stop and pass cover… in 2010, at critical moments in a game… he always seemed to be in the right place making a play. He used to knock guys off crossing routes and slants something vicious too.