This past football season the Auburn Family got to experience one of the best teams in Auburn’s history. Coach Chizik and Cam Newton lead the tigers to Auburn’s second national title and third Heisman trophy winner.
Many Auburn fans watched the games from seats in Jordan-Hare or visited away game stadiums, like Bryant Denny Stadium to show support for the tigers. Not many fans got the privilege to experience the tigers run for the national title on the side lines.
“It was pretty awesome being able to contribute to something that we all love so much,” says Jacob Hawk, a trainer on the football team. “This past season was my first year as a trainer, and it was incredible to be apart of the national championship team.”
Hawk applied for a trainer position last spring, before the 2010 football training season began.
“I just went up the athletic department and applied,” says Hawk. “I talked to someone on the medical staff and put in an application. A few months later I got a call back and they hired me.”
Many of the trainers daily activities for practice or games include, keeping the players hydrated by carrying around six packs of water bottles or checking the players for minor injuries.
“It’s our job to make sure the players don’t have any minor injures, like bleeding,” says Hawk. “We carry around bottles, towels and basic medical supplies in case the players need them.”
The trainers work hard to make sure that the players are well taken care of at practices and games, but they still feel like they are apart of the Auburn Football team.
“It really is a good family atmosphere out on the field,” says Hawk. “I was surprised to find that we are treated like equals; like a player on the team.”
Hawk really enjoyed being a trainer on the football team last season and is looking forward to the 2011 season.
“This trainer position has really helped prepared me for what I want to do with my life when I graduate,” says Hawk. “I have always been interested in sports medicine and orthopedic sales, and this job has helped me get familiar with medical equipment as well as make connections with people.”
Hawk will graduate next December, and hopes that his final football season as a trainer will be just as exciting as the 2010 season.
“I am looking forward to next season,” says Hawk. “Even if we hadn’t won the national championship this past year, it would still have been a great experience. I am sure next season, will be just as awesome.”