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Godspeed to an Auburn Hero

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Saying goodbye is not an easy thing to do, but it’s a normal part of life’s experiences. People come in and go out of our lives. Some just fade away while others leave an imprint on our hearts.

When those times of separation come, they often cause us to reflect on what all that person has meant to us.

Sometimes you can feel it when someone is going to end up being a great person. Leadership just exudes from every fiber of their being and that’s certainly true of Kodi Burns.

I remember the first time I saw him play on Pat Dye Field, you knew there was something special about this young man. It was more than an ability to play, although he certainly had that. There was something about the way he carried himself; something about the way he interacted with his teammates, coaches, the fans, and the media.

He has that intangible quality that makes people like him. And he has used it in life to make others around him better for having known him. Sometimes you just feel it when someone is going to end up being a great player. But this guy also ended up being a great person.

He entertained us, he inspired us, he helped pull a fractured team and (Auburn Family) together and in so doing Kodi Burns was as responsible as anyone for bringing the 2010 National Championship to Auburn.

Every Auburn fan remembers his unselfish unifying speech when he lost the starting quarterback job to Chris Todd. And there were other great moments. Some of my favorite memories came during that championship season.

I remember when Kodi threw the block to spring Onterio McCalebb‘s 75 yard touchdown run against LSU and when he threw that pass for Cam Newton’s famous touchdown catch against Ole Miss. And I especially remember sitting two rows from the field in the University of Phoenix Stadium’s endzone when he scored the first touchdown against Oregon in the BCS Championship game.

I remember how excited he was when he returned to coach at his alma mater. He knew then he wanted to coach and move up, “I want to be an offensive coordinator one of these days here pretty quick,” Kodi said. “And soon after be a head coach.”

Now the start of that dream has begun as he is leaving Auburn to follow the path of his mentor Rhett Lashlee in going to work for Auburn icon, Pat Sullivan, as the running backs coach at Samford University.

While we know he’ll be moving on to bigger things, he will always remain a special person to the Auburn Family. We will never forget all the times we spent together on The Plains.  

As he leaves, we want to thank him for the things he taught us. How to work hard, how to persevere in times of adversity, how to put others before ourselves, and how to be a person of integrity.

If there was ever a player to come through Auburn that epitomized the Auburn Creed it’s Kodi Burns. While we’re sad to see him go, we’re at the same time happy and proud for a true Auburn Man. Godspeed Kodi and …

War Eagle!

8 Comments

  1. DBAU81 says:

    Amen.

  2. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    Good read ATM.
    Kodi will always be a special Tiger. It was a real plus to the program to have him back as a g.a. coach and Coach Sullivan will be getting a good one. I would like to see him come back some day. Maybe he will take the same path back to Auburn that Lashlee did.

  3. AuburnMisfit AuburnMisfit says:

    Great Auburn man that Kodi Burns! May he have good fortune where ever he goes!

  4. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    One of my all-time favorite Auburn players. Somewhat lost in Cam Newton’s iconic 49-yard TD run through the LSU defense in 2010 is the remarkable hustle shown on that play by Kodi Burns. I count two separate blocks early and the end of the video shows him flying through the air as Cam falls into the endzone, throwing a third body block.

    But that was Kodi’s style. He hustled on every play, in whatever position he occupied on the field. Pick a play from any season he was in uniform and you’ll see that same effort on every single down. Obviously, that has carried over in his new coaching career as he secures an assistant position under Pat Sullivan.

    All the best to one of the best Auburn men to wear the colors. War Eagle, Kodi!

  5. Im4Auburn says:

    Love this story. What a special person he is in deed. I’m glad some of our young players had a chnce to be around him.
    Good luck Kodi!

  6. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Kodi Burns, a REAL Auburn Tiger and IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    May God be with you, Kodi. You are working for another REAL Auburn Tiger ! Congratulations !

  7. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Oh Wow! I am so proud of Kodi! But, I am also sad to no longer being seeing him on the sidelines at Auburn…..but the fact that he is going learn under Sullivan, a Tiger (especially one sitting on a mountain ;)) couldn’t ask for more. Congrats to Kodi! Go get it!! War Eagle!

  8. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    When you read the Auburn Creed, you see Kodi Burns’ name in every line.