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Word from Jay Jacobs

July 6, 2017

125 YEARS OF AUBURN FOOTBALL AND AUBURN WOMEN

The year 2017 marks the 125th anniversary of two groundbreaking events in the storied history of Auburn University. Back in 1892, Auburn played, and won, its first football game. That same year, Auburn admitted its first three female students.

125 YEARS OF AUBURN FOOTBALL AND AUBURN WOMEN

The achievements of Auburn women - athletic, academic and societal - are indeed worthy of celebration.

In the coming weeks we will be sharing stories of Auburn women from each of our sports who not only were outstanding student-athletes, but who have gone on to make a difference in communities around the world.

The Auburn Alumni Association's website www.alumni.auburn.edu/women/ also features inspiring stories that celebrate the tremendous contributions Auburn women have made and continue to make.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES

Congratulations are in order for two Auburn football legends, Buddy McClinton and Gregg Carr.

Buddy and Gregg are on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018, which will be announced on January 8 before the College Football Playoff National Championship.

If elected, the names McClinton and Carr will join the 12 players and coaches from Auburn who are College Football Hall of Famers: Donahue, Heisman, Hitchcock, Gilbert, Jordan, Sullivan, Frederickson, Jackson, Beasley, Rocker, Dye and Dyas.

Buddy McClinton

Buddy, who played from 1967-69, still holds Auburn's interception record for a season and a career.

Gregg Carr

Gregg, my teammate on our 1983 SEC Championship team, ranks second on Auburn's career tackles list.

I really like what both of these greats had to say when asked about this honor.

Buddy, who built a winning commercial real estate business, says, "You're only as good as the person next to you. It doesn't matter how good you are in whatever field you are in, you can't do it by yourself."

Gregg, an orthopedic surgeon, says Coach Dye gave us the blueprint for success all of those years ago: "And it wasn't complicated. It was hard work, and setting goals, working hard to achieve those goals."

WORK, HARD WORK

Hard work and success always go hand in hand.

That is something Auburn's very first football coach, Dr. George Petrie, knew 125 years ago when he prepared our team for its inaugural game.

More than 50 years later, Dr. Petrie wrote our cherished Auburn Creed.

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

Buddy McClinton also shared a lesson he learned from football that he says has served him well. "Things aren't always going to go your way. You're going to get knocked down, but you've got to get back up. And when you get back up, you've got to go at it harder than ever."

REPORTING DAY

Soon, our football team will be going at it harder than ever. Coach Malzahn and his staff welcome our student-athletes for the start of preseason camp on July 30.

Our seniors are providing excellent leadership this summer, keeping their teammates focused in the weight room and during workouts. Coach Malzahn's goal to "win the summer" is the first step toward winning an SEC Championship.

I hope you have had the chance to see our player profile series that will run throughout the month of July. Features on Marlon Davidson and Kamryn Pettway can be seen by clicking on the links below:

We are counting on you - the best fans in college football - to do your part on seven Saturdays at Jordan-Hare Stadium, beginning September 2nd against Georgia Southern. I look forward to seeing you here!

FEARLESS AND TRUE

Since Auburn first fielded a football team in 1892, athletics have been an integral part of Auburn University. Much of our institution's rich history and tradition is tied to a legendary game or athletics event. We continue to build on this foundation, working to provide our student-athletes and our fans with the preeminent athletics experience, because we know that investments in our student-athletes, our coaches, our facilities, and our game day experience are critical to our success.

That is why we have embarked upon a $60 million capital campaign, called Fearless and True, to enhance Auburn's athletics facilities. I invite you to join us as we build on our past and boldly prepare for our future.

FOREVER GRATEFUL

Gregg Carr said something else that hit close to home with me, and with everyone who tries to live by our Creed.

"I took from Auburn so much more than I could ever give back, and for that, I will be forever grateful."

All of us who call ourselves Auburn people feel the same.

As former Auburn University President Dr. Ralph Brown Draughon put it so eloquently, "Owing much to the past, Auburn's greater debt is ever to the future."

Every day, I am motivated to repay Auburn for everything it has given me.

My friend Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins, the first woman to earn a doctorate in history from Auburn and the first woman inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, says adding female students in 1892 made Auburn better because it allowed the university to reflect better our culture.

Dr. Atkins says adding football made Auburn better because Auburn students, alums and people expressed their love and connection to the university through football.

And so it is today.

God Bless and War Eagle!

Jay

Jay Jacobs

You can also follow me on Twitter at @jayjacobsauad.

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