An open letter to all college football fans and associated press around the world.
What more do you want from Auburn?
With the BCS rankings still leaving Auburn as the third best team in the country, what more do we have to do? Lay aside all of our personal bias, lay aside your alma mater, and lay aside everything that is keeping you from preventing something special.
What more do you want? We have competed against five top twenty five teams this season. We have defeated college footballs greatest player on his own field in College Station, Texas. We have come from behind in the pouring rain to barely come up short in the toughest stadium in the nation. We defeated a healthy Georgia football team on 4th and 18, while also stopping one of this years top QB prospects from scoring on us. But more than anything, we have defeated the monster. We have defeated Goliath, the 3 time national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. When no news anchor outside of Auburn, Alabama even gave us a chance to even run the ball against them. Alabama was the number one defense in all of college football entering the Iron Bowl, they are now fifth.
What more do you want? When are you going to wake up to see a group of men that have come from the most embarrassing season in Auburn history that are stronger than ever? When are you going to open your eyes and accept that this Auburn team plays with a passion, a desire for something more. This isn’t 2012 anymore, please stop treating us like we are simply a team of luck. The 2013 Auburn Tigers are nothing but pure determination and talent. Explain to me how Auburn can put up a few yards short of 300 against a defense you said wouldn’t allow more than 100.
In case you missed it, the game was tied as Alabama sent out their kicker with one-second remaining on the clock. They weren’t winning. So stop treating us like we don’t deserve that win, that it was a fluke, or a mistake that Auburn won. Sure, Alabama should have been able (in theory) to tackle Chris Davis…But they didn’t. We were bound for overtime, not a loss with that kick. Auburn won out, Auburn played an entire 4 quarters to get them to that moment in time. We made plays throughout the entire game and scored when you said we couldn’t.
Go try and tell 87,451 fans in that stadium that the fifty nine minutes and fifty nine seconds they saw was a fluke or a mistake.
How dare you try to take away the hard work and perseverance it takes our football team to come back after a 2012 season. These players have grown from boys to men in less than a year.
How dare you take away the sweat, blood, and agony these players go through day in and day out to fight for Auburn.
This team is nothing but special, destined for greatness. But for your own self-serving reasons, you won’t accept it. You won’t accept that Auburn Tiger football is back, back to being a Championship caliber team. But maybe, just maybe…You can’t understand how a team could go from being so bad to so good- yet neither can we.
But the difference is Auburn University isn’t built around a football team. Auburn University is built around a family- a group of people that care. Auburn University is built around a line in our creed that states “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.” We aren’t built around how many tickets we sell, how many jerseys, car logos, or memorabilia we can put into the homes around the United States. We are built around love, truthfulness, and obedience to something bigger than ourselves- the Auburn Family.
So next week when we travel to Atlanta to play Mizzou. Stop and take a second to look around. Don’t listen to what the TV commentators are saying, don’t listen to the radio, and don’t read the papers. Stop and look at the passion that our team plays with. Stop and look at the fans in the stands cheering their heart out for a team that they couldn’t be more proud of. Stop and look at the student section to see a group of people who would’t be anywhere else than in the stands when their team is playing. Not because they’re a sports team, but because those players are a part of our family.
So again, what more do you want to see? This is Auburn and we are here to stay in the spotlight. Gus Malzahn won’t accept anything less for our team and neither will we.
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