This Saturday, the Auburn Tigers will play the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in Jordan-Hare stadium. While this season has been less than satisfactory for Auburn fans, this game holds significant weight for some of Auburn’s most cherished players.
Senior day is a chance for the Auburn Family to honor the men that play for Auburn in their last home game as an Auburn student. Since the team currently holds a 2-8 record, the games may not provide fans with quite the enthusiasm as they have in years past. However, this Saturday is a chance for fans to honor the men that have given so much to Auburn.
Philip Lutzenkirchen. Emory Blake. Onterio McCalebb. Any Auburn fan knows these names, and knows all they have done while at Auburn. From Lutzenkirchen’s tying touchdown catch against Alabama in 2010, to McCalebb’s kickoff returns that bring everyone out of their seats, to Blake’s sure hands that any quarterback would be lucky to throw to. These men have contributed unmatched leadership on and off the field.
“So many of my favorite Auburn football memories involve Lutz,” says junior Ryann Sellers. “He’s become such a crowd favorite, and Auburn has been lucky to have him on our side over the years.”
Auburn’s future may be uncertain. Maybe we’ll win Saturday, maybe we won’t. But the past is certain, and all of the seniors on this football team have played a role in Auburn’s past.
So this Saturday, while it may be appealing to continue tailgating rather than over paying for food in the stadium, think of Lutzenkirchen, Blake, McCalebb and all the other seniors. You may have the opportunity to see hundreds of other Auburn football games, but go to the game, and cheer for the seniors who came to love Auburn because of the family that never let them down.