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Fourth of July Week and Track ‘Em Tigers’ Auburn Football Hall of Fame Nominations

By on July 2nd, 2017 in Football, Memories, News 16 Comments »
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Reggie Slack, a member of TET's Hall of Fame, was part of three straight SEC Championships and led the Tigers over the Tide in the first ever Iron Bowl played on the Plains. (photo: Auburn media file)

July 4th is a time for fireworks, picnics, and vacations. And, traditionally, it’s a time for the staff here at Track ‘Em Tigers to take our annual week’s vacation. 

The 4th of July also marks an important time in the world of college football. In the long hot days of summer there isn’t  much football news. However, after this week that changes, especially with the start of SEC Media Days.

We really appreciate all of you that make TET a part of your daily lives and wish you a happy and restful holiday weekend. We will be back with our regular postings on Monday following the July 4th week.

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

The next few days we will be taking nominations to fill out our ballot for the 2017 class of TET’s Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame. TET’s Hall now includes fifty-one 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 each of the following positions: QB, RB, FB, WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, DB, ST, and Coach. 
(2) We have two classifications for nominations. One representing players from the last 40 years and one representing Tigers who played before 1977.
(3) To be eligible, players and/or inactive coaches should have been out of college for five years. Ten names, nine chosen by our readers, will go into the 2016 class and may come from any period in Auburn history.
(4) 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.

Tell us in the comment section why you think a player or coach is deserving of the nomination or just list their name. If your guy has already been nominated, you can still nominate himan action that will simply add to the nominee’s weight for placement on the final ballot.

Towards the end of this week, we will publish a list of the top vote getters along with a ballot/poll to decide which nominees will make up the 2016 class of TET’s Auburn Football Hall of Fame.

On behalf of the staff here at Track ‘Em Tigers, thank you in advance for your help. War Eagle, and we wish you all a safe and enjoyable 4h of July.

Editors note: The names of the fifty-one current members of TET’s Hall of Fame are listed after the jump.

 

The 2016 TET/Auburn Football Hall of Fame inductees: James Brooks, David Rocker, Reggie Slack, Freddy Weygand, Tommy Agee, Ben Grubbs, Damon Duval, Jimmy Red Phillips, Ken Rice, and Fob James.

The 2015 class included: Cam Newton, Joe Cribbs, Marcus McNeil, Brent Fullwood, Quentin Groves, Lawyer Tillman, Will Herring, Wes Byrum, Aundray Bruce, Jimmy Sidle, Zeke Smith, Lloyd Nix, Buddy McClinton, and Travis Tidwell.

The 2014 class included: Ed Dyas, Terry Beasley, Mike Donahue, Jim Fyffe, David Langner, Dameyeune Craig, Ronnie Brown, Frank Sanders, Karlos Dansby and, by popular demand, Phillip Lutzenkirchen.

The 2013 class included: George Petrie, Tommy Lorino, Tommy Tuberville, Pat Dye, Terry Beasley, Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams, Carlos Rogers, Takeo Spikes, Jason Campbell, and Al Del Greco.

The 2012 Class included: Walter Gilbert, Jimmy Hitchcock, Tucker Frederickson, Pat Sullivan, Tracy Rocker, Bo Jackson, Shug Jordan, and John Heisman

16 Comments

  1. AUFan1 AUFan1 says:

    My nominations:
    Quarterback – Stan White
    Running Back – Ben Tate
    Full Back – Heath Evans
    Wide Receiver – Darvin Adams
    Tight End – Walter Reeves
    Offensive line – Ryan Pugh
    Defensive line – Nick Fairley
    Linebacker – Daron Bates
    Special team – Onterio McCaleb

  2. dyingculture dyingculture says:

    I nominate Alexander Wright and Anthony Mix at WR.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Will always remember sitting in Jordan-Hare at the first ever Iron Bowl on The Plains when Wright hauled in the over the shoulder bomb from Reggie Slack. The stadium exploded and the No.2 Tide was shell shocked and never recovered.

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Stan White, QB. Auburn's all time leader in passing (8,016 yards).
    Ben Tamburello, OL. All-American center. He won the SEC Lineman of the Year award in 1986.
    Ben Tate, RB. Rushed for 0ver 3700 yards and had a 5 ypc average.
    William Andrews, FB – He teamed with Joe Cribbs and James Brooks to give Auburn one of the best backfields in history.
    Cooper Wallace, TE. All-SEC, played on 2004 undefeated team blocking for Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams.

    Antonio Coleman, DE. Finished his Auburn career ranked third all-time in sacks.
    Kevin Greene, LB. He had 11 sacks his senior year and won the 1984 Zeke Smith Award.
    Brian Robinson, DB. All-American in 1994. Third in total career interceptions at Auburn.
    Lewis Colbert, ST. All-American and one of the best punters in Auburn history despite kicking with a handicapped leg.
    Courtney Taylor, WR – Believe he holds the school record for career receptions (153)

    Old School Auburn Football Players:

    Wild Bill Cody, LB – Two time all SEC and 1963 All-American, played with Tucker Frederickson.

    Jackie Burkett, C & LB – A member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and a two-way player, at center and linebacker on 1957 National Championship team.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Lewis Colbert has an incredible career chronicled in his book “The Unlikeliest Auburn Tiger.” Recommended reading for all those who do not know his story.

  4. hello2196 says:

    I nominate Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley.

  5. Jason Wright says:

    All-Americans: Junior Rosegreen, DB – Lee Ziemba, OT – Lewis Colbert, ST – Donnie Humphrey DT, Gregg Carr LB. And Stan White, QB.

  6. Older Whiskey says:

    I nominate Billy Atkins; fullback, place kicker and punter on the 1957 National Championship team. Led the team in scoring with 82 points; scored the winning (and only) TDs in victories over Tennessee and Kentucky. Kicked the FG that beat Georgia Tech 3-0.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Thanks for nominating Billy. I knew him when he was a high school coach in Columbus, Ga. A great coach and a great Auburn player – very deserving.

  7. AUglenn says:

    I would like to nominate Reese Dismukes. A consensus All-American and won the Rimington Trophy.

  8. AUglenn says:

    And since he was only the 2nd coach to deliver a national championship to Auburn i nominate Gene Chizik

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      A valid point but Gene will not be eligible till next year.

      • sparkey sparkey says:

        If he makes it, I am gone. I realize that makes some want to vote for him more. But, yeah, he gets and I am gone. I will never forgive him for making Auburn a dumpster fire.

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  10. Tigerpharm says:

    LB – Gregg Carr – He totaled 289 tackles as a Tiger, was a consensus All-American, and the 1984 SEC Linebacker of the Year. He was just put on ballot for this year’s CFB Hall of Fame.
    Center Ben Tamburello – A four year starter and consensus All-American, played on 1983 SEC Championship Team.
    ST – Lewis Colbert – All-American punter led the SEC in punting with a 46 yard average in 1985.
    OL – Rodney Garner – All-SEC and captain of the 1983 SEC Championship team.
    DB – Bob Harris – All-American and one of the best defensive backs in Auburn history had 212 tackles in 1981-82.
    TE – Cooper Wallace – All-SEC on 2004 SEC Championship team.
    FB – Billy Atkins – Led the SEC in scoring and was the Most Valuable Player on Auburn’s 1957 National Championship Team
    RB – Monk Gafford – All-American on the 1942 team that upset Rose Bowl bound Georgia.
    DL -Craig Ogletree – 1989 All-American, played on three straight SEC Championship teams of the 80’s.
    WR – Freddy Hyatt – All-American set receiving record in 1967.
    QB – Vince Dooley – Led one of Shug Jordan’s first teams and was invited to play in the College All-Star Game in Chicago in 1954.

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