By Jeff Shearer
AUBURN, Ala - The men who helped lay the foundation for Auburn football, and the men who built upon it, will be honored Saturday at A-Day.
All of Auburn's team captains, from 1892 to 2015, now have a brick displaying their name and captain's season in the Tigers' Den next to the locker room at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The captains will be recognized at halftime of the A-day game. More than 80 captains, dating back to the mid-1950s, are scheduled to attend.
"When you look at the list of Auburn Football Captains, it is a who's who of great Auburn players and also great Auburn men," said Jeremy Roberts, Associate Athletic Director for Operations.
"It's appropriate and long overdue to permanently display, in a very special area, the designation each player earned during their Auburn career," Roberts said. "From now on, each time the team enters the stadium for a game, they will be reminded of those who came before them. We have a great history and tradition and this display recognizes that."
Fans can view the display on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. during locker room tours, as well as each Friday during the season before home games from 4 to 6.
Auburn will honor the captains and their families at a private reception before the A-Day game. Each captain will receive a replica brick.
Gusty Yearout (1966, 1967) and Reese Dismukes (2013, 2014) will each receive two bricks. Of Auburn's 220 captains, they hold the distinction of having served for two seasons.
Another distinction belongs to Liston (1975) and Bret (2004) Eddins, Auburn's only father and son captains.
"I love Auburn with every heartbeat, and I know Bret does, too," Liston says. "We're true Auburn people who try to represent Auburn well."
"It's really humbling," Bret says. "To be chosen as captain by your teammates. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, and getting to meet some of the captains for the first time."
"I was kidding Bret that of those five captains (from 2004: Eddins, Jason Campbell, Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams and Carlos Rogers), he's the only one who wasn't a first round pick," Liston says.
Eddins says this will be Auburn's first captains' reunion in 40 years, since the 1976 A-Day game, when captains from recently retired Coach Shug Jordan's 25 teams gathered.
"Most of them were there," Liston remembers. "I still have a picture they took, when I was the youngest captain. And now, I'm a good bit older than the oldest guy was then.
"It was really neat to see those guys. I knew the names, but hadn't ever seen them," Eddins says. "It was really neat to shake hands and get to know them."
In 1975, Eddins was Auburn's defensive captain, with Ed Butler serving on offense.
"Ed and I always joked that we won 10 coin tosses in a row," Liston says.
Auburn's A-Day game is Saturday at 3 p.m.
"These are the guys who were the leaders, who stepped up to that level." Eddins says. "You feel honored to be recognized by your teammates. It's a special group when you get them together."
Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @jeff_shearer