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Aerial view of the Last Roll on April 20, 2013
Photograph courtesy of AU Photographic Services
It is a term reserved for those strongest in the face of adversity, those who refuse to back down. Merriam-Webster defines it in plain, unimaginative words as the ability to recover. In Alabama and across SEC nation, it is something we call “gumption.” How you choose to define or label this ineffable quality is a matter of opinion, but there is no denying that these qualities are alive and well in Auburn. After a lackluster 3-9 season that saw the dismantling of Gene Chizik’s coaching era that brought Auburn its first national championship in more than 50 years in 2010 and the final chapter in the history of our beloved Toomer’s Oaks, I had my doubts about the future. How do you come back after such a tumultuous year? As I watched more than 83,000 members of the Auburn Family crowd into Jordan-Hare on Saturday afternoon, it was as if the cool breeze that rippled through the air was whispering to me that I had been wrong.
Robert Frost wrote that he could sum everything he knew about life into three words: it goes on. Auburn will go on. This will not be because we have resigned to our fate, but instead because we refuse to yield. We will not give those who would see us fail the satisfaction of doing so and keep the challenge to persevere on in the face of adversity and to be humble in calmer waters at the root of everything we do. There is no one that can bring down the house that the Auburn Family has built for the foundation we have laid is unshaken. Why they continue to try, I will never know, but I do know this: a tiger does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.More than tradition and win-loss records, Auburn is the spirit that lives within the heart of every Auburn man and woman. It is the feeling of awe as the eagle circles the stadium before a home football game, crowded streets heavy with orange and navy tents and laughter on a Saturday afternoon in September, and the smile that creeps across your face as you watch a little one cross campus dressed in their tiny gameday best. It is a spirit that is, as defined by our creed, unafraid. A spirit that has gumption, that is resilient—a spirit that has found its revival in Malzahn’s fast-paced offense and the literal uprooting of the traditions that every Auburn fan holds close to their heart. The sun will set on Toomer’s Corner and a disappointing football season that was unable to be recovered, but it will rise on a new era.This new era will be ushered in on August 31st when we square off against Washington State, a day that I am looking forward to with both excitement and anxiety. When you are given the chance to change your fate, do you take it? I think the answer is obvious, not only by the amazing showcase of skills we saw on the field this Saturday, but also by the thousands of loyal fans that I captured in my picture. Without context, I look at this picture and see just another Saturday in the south enraptured by a simple throw of a ball. More importantly, I see hope. I see dedication. I see the famed Auburn Family in action, giving life to the lyrics of our fight song. Ever to conquer, never to yield, we are Auburn and this is our new day. Make it a great one.