At the heart of the Auburn Family is the Auburn Creed. In 1945, George Petrie wrote what he felt all Auburn students, faculty, and staff stood for. Today, the Auburn Creed is the most beloved Auburn doctrine:
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.
I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.
I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.
I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.
I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.
I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.
I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God".
And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.
- George Petrie, 1945
George Petrie (1866-1947) was a historian, college professor, and coach of Auburn University's first football team. In addition to introducing football to what was then the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, Petrie brought innovative methods of teaching history to the university and mentored students who went on to become renowned historians.
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