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Celebrating July 4th Week and …Track ‘em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame

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                                                                                    Cadillac Williams (photo:Chris Graythen/getty images)
With the possible exception of Christmas and New Years, there’s not a bigger American holiday than the fourth of July. The celebration of our nation’s independence is a time honored tradition. It’s a time for parades, fireworks, barbecues, and vacations. And traditionally it’s a time for the staff here at Track ‘Em Tigers to take our annual weeks vacation.

july-4-fireworksThe 4th of July also signals an important time in the world of college football. There isn’t much football news in the middle of the summer. However, after this week that changes, especially with the start of SEC Media Days.

We appreciate all of you that make TET a part of your daily lives and wish you a happy and restful 4th of July. We will be back with our regular postings on July 7th.

In the interim, we have something we would like for you, our readers to help us with.

For the last three years Track’em Tigers has taken nominations for our own Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame, which now includes seventeen former Auburn  players and coaches. You can find a list of those names at the end of this article.

The rules for the selection process are:

(1) Nominate only one person from the following positions: QB, RB, FB,WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, DB, ST, and Coach. (2) To be eligible players and or inactive coaches should have been out of college for four years. Eight names, seven chosen by our readers, will go into the 2014 class and may come from any period in Auburn History. (3) Although it would be good for you to have seen the nominee play or coach (at least on television, we recognize that in some cases that would not be possible).

This year the staff will nominate for our selection, legendary Auburn Coach “Iron Mike” Donahue. But Track ‘Em Tigers is about you the fan. So we want to know what you think.

The next two to three days we will be taking nominations to fill up the rest of our ballot of 10 nominees from which seven new names will be selected.

Please tell us in the comment section why you think a player is deserving of the nomination. If your player has already been nominated, you can still nominate him again  - an action that will simply add to the nominees weight to be placed on the final ballot.

Toward the end of this week, we will publish a list of the top vote getters along with a ballot/poll to decide the seven players that will make up the 2014 class of TET’s Auburn Football Hall of Fame.

On behalf of the guys here at Track ‘Em Tigers, thank you in advance for your help. War Eagle and we wish you all a safe and

Happy 4th of July!


Editors note: The names of the seventeen present members of TET’s Hall of Fame are listed after the jump
The 2012 TET/Auburn Football Hall of Fame inductees where: Walter Gilbert, Jimmy Hitchcock, Tucker Frederickson, Pat Sullivan, Tracy Rocker, Bo Jackson, Shug Jordan, and John Heisman. The 2013 class included: George Petrie, Tommy Tuberville, Pat Dye, Terry Beasley, Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams, Carlos Rogers, Takeo Spikes, Jason Campbell, and Al Del Greco.

25 Comments

  1. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Well, I might be out of line here but i’d like to nominate Phillip Lutzenkurchen as tight end. He was exceptional both on and off the field from all accounts. He would get my vote.

    WDE

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      I second this nomination.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Lutz would get my vote too I know he hadn’t been out of school four years yet but he’s one of the best tight ends Auburn has ever had.

  2. JLewis says:

    I would also like to nominate Lutzenkurchen, but I would like to add David Beverly punter in the early 1970’s to the list.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Beverly is an excellent nomination. I’m sorry to say I had forgotten about him till you brought him up. He was a walk-on that did so great that he played 7 seasons in the NFL and was selected to the Auburn “Team of the Seventies.” Thanks for adding his name to the list.

  3. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    For QB – I think there are a lot of greats but Dameyeune Craig is still the best Tiger QB I’ve ever seen.
    – OL Marcus McNeill. Two time All American who blocked for Cadilac and Ronnie Brown on the 2004 undefeated team.
    – WR Freddie Weygand. Best clutch and possesion receiver to ever play at Auburn. Still don’t know how he was able to play 6 years.
    – RB First round draft pick Ronnie Brown
    – DB Greg Staples, three time All-SEC in mid eighties.
    – DT David Rocker. Like Dameyeune, I don’t think he ever got the cred he was due.
    – LB Quento Groves. The auburn record holder for sacks.
    – DE Gary Walker. Led the ’94 team in sacks and is tied for second all-time in sacks.went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL.
    – ST Wes Byrum. Still holds most of the kicking records at Auburn.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Weygand was sort of an Auburn “prodigal son,” if I’m remembering correctly. He came in, and was a freshman phenom during the 1984 season, also Pat Washington’s first year as the starting quarterback. Auburn went from the wishbone to the power-I in 1985, and playing time became even more scarce for wide receivers. Weygand struggled a bit, and I think actually left the team either during or after the season.

      ……Weygand didn’t play in 1986, but returned in 1987 and made the playing rotation. By that time, Auburn had transitioned to being a pro-I team, and Jeff Burger was slinging the rock. Weygand and Lawyer Tillman were senior starters in 1988, with depth coming from Alexander Wright and Greg Taylor. Reggie Slack was the new starting quarterback in 1988.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      I agree David Rocker does not get the credit he’s due. I guess because of his brother Tracy winning the Lombardi. But David was a great player in his own right and a 2-time All- American.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Weygand wasn’t fast like most of today’s receivers but he had a knack for getting open and then making some great catches. There were many times that I saw him get his quarterback out of tight places. He was fun to watch.

  4. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I’d like to nominate:
    QB.- Dameyune Craig
    OL – Marcus McNeill.
    RB – Ronnie Brown
    FB. -Tommy Agee (blocked for Bo Jackson)
    WR- Frank Sanders
    TE – Phillip Lutzenkirchen
    DE – Andray Bruce
    DT – David Rocker
    LB – Karlos Dansby
    DB – David Langer
    ST – Daman Duval

  5. TigerWoman says:

    QB Dameyune Craig. One of the best to ever play at Auburn. I think he holds the record for most passing yards at Auburn.
    RB James Joseph. He was a great ball player and a great team leader.
    TE I agree with those above that Phillip Lutzenkirchen should be on the list; for his leadership as well as his play.
    DB Buddy McClinton – He went into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame last year. Holds the record for most interceptions.
    DB David Langer. He was not only an Iron Bowl hero but one of the best to play DB at Auburn.
    DT David Rocker – Because most think about Tracy whenever they hear the name Rocker but his brother David may have been just as good.
    LB Kurt Crain – A fun player to watch, an All-American and my favorite defensive player on coach Dye’s great 1980′s teams.
    ST Damon Duval. All SEC and All American at Auburn.

  6. AUwaterboy says:

    QB: Jimmy Siddle – Only OB in nation to rush for a 1,000 yards until Cam Newton.
    RB: Ronnie Brown – First round NFL Draft pick.
    FB: Tommy Agee – Great back and blocker for Bo, went on to play for Cowboys.
    WR: Freddy Weygand – My all time favorate receiver.
    TE: Phillip Lutzenkirchen – Holds record for TD’s by a tight end.
    OL: ED King – May have been best offensive lineman during Dye years.
    DT: David Rocker – Two time All-SEC and All American in 1990.
    DE: Aundray Bruce – Most dominating defensive end I ever watched at Auburn.
    DB: David Langer – For the 1972 17-16 win in “Punt Bama punt” game. He was also a very good player.
    LB: Wild Bill Cody – They didn’t call him “Wild Bill” for nothing.
    ST: Connie Frederick – Electric punt returner. Ran the famous fake punt back back 85 yards against Bama in 1972 Iron Bowl with just a few seconds left in the game.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      I’ve said many times that Jimmy Sidle is one of my all-time favorite players. He like Terry Beasley (later did) really sacrificed his body to make the play and get the extra yardage. Until quite recently, he was the only AU football player to be on the front page of Sports Illustrated’s national cover.

      I always wonder what may have been had he not been injured his senior year. Even at that he was an All-American, the SEC Player of the Year, and played four years in the pro’s.

  7. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    QB – Stan White. Invaluable member and leader of the undefeated ’93 team. Played three years in the NFL with NY Giants.

    RB – Joe Cribbs. Fourth leading all-time rusher at Running Back U. SEC MVP. Took over O.J. Simpson’s role with the Buffalo and the Bills rushing attack didn’t miss a beat. NFL AFC Rookie of the Year. Three NFL Pro Bowls. 7870 career professional rushing yards with the Bills, Forty Niners, Dolphins, and the USFL Birmingham Stallions.

    WR – Frank Sanders. A four-year letter winner at wide receiver for Auburn from 1991-94, Sanders was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press, the Football Writers of America and Scripps his senior season after leading the SEC in receiving yards per game (910) and breaking Auburn’s single-season record for receptions (58).

    A consensus All-SEC selection as a senior, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native finished his Auburn career second in total receptions with 121, receiving yardage with 1,998 and receiving touchdowns with 15.

    Sanders had a nine-year NFL career from 1995-2003, including eight with the Arizona Cardinals from 1995-2002 and one with the Baltimore Ravens in 2003. He had 507 receptions for 6,749 yards and 24 touchdowns during his professional career. His most prolific season came in 1998 when he led the NFC in receptions with 89 for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns.

    TE – Phillip Lutzenkirchen. Best tight end to ever play for Auburn. Auburn Man through and through. Promising NFL career cut short by injury.

    OL – Ben Tamburello. A finalist for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 1986, Was a unanimous All-America selection as a senior and made The Football News All-America squad as a junior in 1985. He anchored an offensive line that led the league in rushing with a 312.5 yards per game average. An All-SEC and Academic All-SEC selection as well, Tamburello blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson and All-America tailback Brent Fullwood during his Auburn career. He established himself as one of the outstanding offensive linemen in the country and, perhaps, in Auburn history.

    DL – Doug Smith. A standout in a long line of outstanding Auburn defensive linemen. Two time All-SEC. Spent eight years on a tough Houston Oilers defensive line.

    LB – Kevin Greene. Former walk on that worked his way into the starting lineup. Zeke Smith Award winner. Led the SEC his senior season with 11 sacks. He spent 15 years as an NFL linebacker and is third on the list of career sacks with 160. Currently under consideration for the NFL Hall of Fame.

    DB – David Langner. Former walk on. Tough as nails DB of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Punt Bama Punt hero. All-SEC. Fifth on Auburn career interception list (120). Second most interceptions in a season (8). Career leader with 287 interception return yards.

    ST – Lewis Colbert. Former walk on. Overcame multiple childhood surgeries to correct a congenitally deformed foot to become one of Auburn’s greatest punters. I recommend his book “Lewis Colbert: The unlikeliest Auburn Tiger”. Regarded as one of the best punters in Auburn history, Lewis Colbert was a first-team All-America selection by Kodak. He finished his career as Auburn’s record holder for career punts and career yardage. In 1985, his senior season, he led the SEC in punting with a 45.8 yard average. Colbert was known for his long punts including a 77-yarder against Southwest Louisiana in 1985. He also punted the ball inside the opponent’s five-yard line on six occasions during his senior season. Colbert walked on at Auburn and overcame a club foot in becoming an All-American.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      You make some appealing explanations for your choices.Lewis Colbert’s story is special. Thanks for mentioning his book. All Auburn fans need to get a copy.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Langner intercepted 12 passes, not 120!

  8. SEC_Eric says:

    Quarterback – Stan White
    Running Back – Ben Tate
    Full Back – Heath Evans
    Wide Receiver – Darvin Adams
    Tight End – Phillip Lutzenkirchen
    Offensive line – Ryan Pugh
    Defensive line – Antonio Coleman
    Defensive back – Karlos Dansby
    Linebacker – Daron Bates
    Special teams Damon Duval

    • SEC_Eric says:

      After reading Third Generation Tiger’s comments, I think I might rather go with Lewis Colbert this time at Special Teams. I never saw him play but I have read about him, he was really something especially considering his overcoming his handicapped foot to become a great punter.

  9. wareagle3020 wareagle3020 says:

    QB – Dameyeune Craig: prolific passer
    WR- Freddie Weygand: great under pressure receiver and I’m partial to red hair! :)
    RB- Ronnie Brown- only one of the Tuberville three headed monster not on the list yet. Got to be on it.
    LB- Quentin Groves. Sack machine!
    ST- Wes Byrum: has all the records to show why he deserves it
    FB: Tommie Agee: I don’t know if he ever was considered a “fullback” position on roster, but Bo thought so! Good enough for me.
    DE – Aundray Bruce: Seems like he won some defensive recognition every year he played!
    DB- David Langner- before my introduction to auburn football, but I’ve heard “punt bama punt” enough to know he is a auburn household name.

    Special write in——— 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.”

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Yeah, Agee is another one that doesn’t seem to get much ink. But I’ve heard Bo give him a lot of credit for his success. He had 7 yrs in the pro’s and was on 2 Superbowl teams with the Cowboys.

      I have to admit that Jim Fyffe is a great nomination. Anyone who ever heard him call a game, know’s how much Mr. “Touchdown Auburn” meant to the Auburn program. Thanks for adding his name.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Jim Fyffe definitely deserves a spot!

    • sparkey sparkey says:

      I agree that Jim Fyffe should be part of the class. He was such a member of the Auburn family for a many years and I remember painting beautiful pictures with his voice as I would listen to his coverage especially during the 1993 season when Auburn had no TV coverage but they went undefeated.

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  11. gary says:

    Teko Spikes is one of the best line backers to ever play the game