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'Punt, Bama, Punt' legend David Langner remembered

April 26, 2014


'Punt, Bama, Punt': Bill Newton, left, and David Langner last year

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- David Langner, who earned a place in Auburn football lore with two dramatic touchdowns in the Tigers' famous "Punt, Bama, Punt" victory in 1972, died Saturday. 

When all seemed lost, it was Langner who caught two blocked punts in the fourth quarter and raced into the end zone to help carry Auburn to the still-talked-about 17-16 victory over Alabama. Bill Newton blocked the kicks. Langner was ready to score both times. He intercepted Alabama's last-gasp pass that preserved the victory. 

"David Langner was one of Auburn's greats who will be remembered by generations to come," said Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs on Saturday. "He was a fierce competitor who fought cancer as hard as he fought any opponent he faced. I know the entire Auburn family joins me in offering our sympathy and prayers to his family." 

Coach Gus Malzahn saluted Langner.

"I'm saddened by the passing of David Langner, who was not only an Auburn legend, but a great man," Malzahn said. "On behalf of the entire Auburn football program, our thoughts and prayers are with David's family and friends."

Langner reflected on the "Punt, Bama, Punt" plays years later. 

"After all the time, what everybody needs to understand is how important it is we are remembered, not necessarily why we are remembered," Langner once said. "For the fans to know you after 40 years, for us is a gift you can't get under your Christmas tree. It's not an individual accomplishment. It's a team accomplishment. Everybody gets to enjoy and share being remembered." 

Langner retired from the car business in Tuscaloosa last November.

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