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Remembering David Langner

By on April 26th, 2014 in Member Post, Memories, News 6 Comments »

e4cda36662277930efc9086289bb565c6078eb1b - David LangnerHe and Bill Newton were the main characters in one of the most memorable Auburn wins in Iron Bowl history and now, David Langner has lost the battle with cancer and slipped the mortal coil. I was fortunate to witness, in person, the Punt Bama Punt game and will always remember the heroics by “The Amazins” that gave the Auburn world such indescribable pleasure when we were given no chance.

Rest in peace David and hope your loved ones find their peace with this loss.

 “Punt Bama Punt!”



  1. Tigerz Tigerz says:

    I started at Auburn in the fall of 1975. My first exposure to Punt Bama Punt was at J&M before my first ball game (VA Tech if my memory is right). I’ve been a big fan of David Langner and Bill Newton ever since.

    Please keep David’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..What a time to be an Auburn fan, eh? As I recall, Auburn blew that game to the Hokies in Jordan Hare, 23-16, to start what was a promising season 0-3-1. I was a high school sophomore, that year.

      …..Langner was an awesome Auburn man. I remember reading an article the Tuscaloosa News did about him ten years after, and he’d obviously grown so much as a young man in that decade. He admitted that he’d not handled his fame and fortune like he should have after Punt Bama Punt. From a wild-child of the 1960s-70s, (like many of us from that era were!), to a young family man out of a job with a new baby in the house. He sought his coach Shug Jordan out, and Shug told him to “get his butt back down to Auburn, and get his degree.”

      …..Langner became an Auburn assistant in Barfield’s last season, and helped Pat Dye launch his tenure. Mr. Langner became the head coach at Carrollton High after that, and went on to a successful life. That’s an awesome thing, when a person grows from a hard-partying existence, to a first-class citizen. Frankly, I’m envying Langner and that big mop of hair in that football shot above! I was already starting to go bald in my Auburn years…

      …..My condolences to the Langner family, and there’s no doubt he will be sorely missed.

  2. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    One of the most recognizable names in Auburn Football history …

    A big loss to Auburn as well as to his family. He will forever be remembered by Auburn people everywhere. I still get goosebumps today listening to Auburn’s play by play announcer Gary Sanders making the call on the radio. He also intercepted a pass on the last play to seal the victory.Thoughts and prayers to David’s family.

  3. AubieCE AubieCE says:

    Was a frosh at Whootloin high schrool when David was a senior…
    Pound for pound, the best football player I ever saw !
    A great AU player, taken way too soon..
    Hail Dear ole Woodlawn High !
    RIP David Langer !

  4. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    It never crossed my mind that David Langner would be the first of my childhood heroes to pass away. I am truly shocked and saddened. One of my cousins, and Langner were big buddies. My parents house was directly across the street from that cousin so any time Langner visited he was mobbed by 6 or 8 little cotton haired Auburn legacies. He was always fun to be around.