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Erk Russell: A Good Auburn Man Moves On

By on September 2nd, 2006 in Football Comments Off on Erk Russell: A Good Auburn Man Moves On

A lot of people never knew that Erk Russell was an Auburn man. A good Auburn man. He was the school’s last four-sport letterman. All of you have heard by now of his death in Statesboro, Georgia on Friday. College football can be a strange thing. It’s still hard to understand sometimes how two of Auburn’s most storied players, Vince Dooley and Russell, became to mean so much to Georgia athletics. The same can be said of Pat Dye – just in reverse. 



Many have forgotten that Russell served under legendary coach Shug Jordan. He returned briefly to Auburn after his playing days, serving as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 1958-62. In a strange twist of events, Russell was in line to become the Georgia coach in 1980 had Dooley taken the Tiger head coaching job.
Through the years, when Russell was having so much success at Georgia and Georgia Southern, I often wondered what kind of impact he would have had on Auburn had he stayed close to the program. We’ll never know. What we do know is that a fine human being left a lasting mark on a lot of people, including those wearing orange and blue.


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