Tag:Bo Jackson
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:20 pm

Auburn to unveil Heisman statues at spring game

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Auburn fans treating themselves to the Tigers' "A-Day" spring game are going to be treated themselves to a one-of-a-kind ceremony involving the school's three Heisman Trophy winners.

The Tiger athletic department had announced previously that they would be commissioning and erecting statuses of Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton to be unveiled at a later date. A release from the school Tuesday established that date as April 14, when the statues will be dedicated in a special ceremony at 10 a.m. prior to the annual "A-Day" game.

According to the release, Sullivan (who won his Heisman in 1971), Jackson (1985) and Newton (2010, in case you've forgotten already) are all scheduled to be in attendance at the ceremony. The statues will be placed on the east end of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

In an interview with Auburn fansite The War Eagle Reader last April, statue sculptor Ken Bjorge said that the statues of Sullivan and Jackson had already been commissioned -- and completed -- when Newton's stunning Heisman season forced Auburn to ask for a third statue, and delay the unveiling of Sullivan's and Jackson's. In the interim, Florida became the first SEC team with a collection of Heisman statues, unveiling renditions of Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow at their 2011 spring game. 

The delay also meant, of course, that Auburn avoided the awkwardness of either dedicating or not dedicating a statue of Newton, whose infamous NCAA investigation only wrapped up last October. Though going through with an order for $100,000 worth of sculpted steel was already a sizable vote of confidence on Auburn's part, there's little doubt the school is highly appreciative the statue won't have to be unveiled with a Julie Roe Lach-shaped monkey on its back. 

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:49 pm

Former Tigers, Tide to play tornado benefit game

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not quite the live preseason scrimmage between Auburn and Alabama our Dennis Dodd proposed as a quick -- and highly lucrative -- fundraiser for tornado victims this past May. But it might be the next-best thing.

Planners with the relief organization "HeartinDixie Foundation" have announced a flag football game to be played between Tide and Tiger football alumni in Hoover Aug. 13. The game will be part of a three-day weekend of activities to raise money for the Foundation, a "non-profit organization comprised of Alabama and Auburn supporters united in relief efforts following the April 27 tornadoes."

Though rosters for the two teams have yet to be finalized, some of the legends from either side scheduled to appear during the weekend will be Auburn's Bo Jackson, Pat Dye and Joe Cribbs and Alabama's Gene Stallings, Bobby Humphrey and Cornelius Bennett. The athletic directors at both schools have lent their support to the project:
"HeartinDixie is a chance to show the nation and the world that we are united and committed in helping Alabama rebuild and recover," Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "We learn the most about each other in difficult times, and what we have learned about Alabamians since the devastating tornadoes is that what binds us together is much bigger than what sets us apart."
Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore described the weekend of events as a "unique opportunity" to assist the state.
"While the world has moved on, we still have much work to do," Moore said in a statement. "Events such as this not only serve as a reminder that we still have much to do, but also provides us with an opportunity to come together to accomplish a single goal."

Of course, once the game begins, we're going to be looking at two teams made up of dedicated athletes with fierce Auburn and Alabama ties working towards very different goals. It could get interesting ... which is why it's probably also going to raise a sizable chunk of money for an excellent cause.

Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:06 am

Auburn readying statues of Heisman winners

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Given the press surrounding the soon-to-be-unveiled Nick Saban statue at Alabama and the new row of Heisman-winning quarterback statues at Florida, it was only a matter of time before some other school stepped forward to keep up with the Joneses in Tuscaloosa and Gainesville.

And this week, in a letter to fans and alumni, Tiger athletic director Jay Jacobs made it official that that school would be Auburn. The Tiger athletic department last year commissioned statues of past Heisman winners Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson, before having to add another sculpture to their shopping list when Cam Newton picked up the program's third Heisman last December. "Little did we know we would need to add a third statue so soon," Jacobs wrote.

Newton's honor likely pushed the timetable for the unveiling back from this weekend's "A-Day" spring game to the 2011 season; the artist's website says the Sullivan and Jackson statues are already completed. If there's any positive to the delay from the Auburn perspective, it's that it will give the program another few months in which to avoid unveiling the Newton statue should anything come to light in the still-ongoing (as far as we know) NCAA investigation into his recruitment.

But obviously, Jacobs and Auburn aren't expecting any developments like that soon, or ever; it's hard to prove a belief in a player's innocence any more emphatically than setting a nine-foot tall, one-ton statue of him outside the stadium directly alongside the team's two greatest legends, isn't it?
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