The Auburn Spirit: Unless You’ve Experienced It, You Will Never Know It

The Auburn Spirit: Unless You’ve Experienced It, You Will Never Know It

On Monday, January 10, 2010, Auburn University brought home the BCS National Championship after 53 years without one. It was a stellar year, marred only by a little controversy, and our team made every Fan/Alumni’s heart swell with pride.

The images from that night in Phoenix will be forever burned into my hard drive (aka brain). I regret not having a ticket to the game but I know I probably would have had a heart attack if I’d been there.

This past Saturday, over 80,000 Auburn Faithful gathered at Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare stadium to celebrate this amazing season. It was our turn. After being undefeated in 1993 and 2004 and not having a shot at the championship game, THIS was our time to celebrate. We celebrated for every Auburn student who ever walked the Concourse or sat in Foy Union. We celebrated for every player who gave 110% to have a shot at “winning it all.” We celebrated for those who couldn’t make the trip to Auburn for any games or the celebration because they were serving our country. We celebrated for AUBURN and the Auburn Spirit.

There were dignitaries there. Well, Auburn dignitaries. People we love. David Housel, for one. Mr. Housel was the Athletic Director and the Sports Information Director at Auburn for many many years. He’s considered the foremost authority on All Things Auburn. He dedicated over 35 years to Auburn University’s Athletic Department in various capacities. He spoke on Saturday. He’s clearly getting older and hobbled to the podium. Looking, well, older and wiser, he spoke. He talked about many things but the part that caused tears to stream down my face was when he talked about the Auburn Spirit.

I have looked all over hoping that the transcript to his words were printed, but they weren’t so I replayed the celebration and took the liberty of transcribing them for you. If you’re an Auburn man or woman, you will understand. If not, I’m sorry you don’t understand. It’s an amazing feeling to have this Spirit.

The words of David Housel on January 22, 2010:

That spirit and that attitude has been called many things.
For us, it is simply the Auburn Spirit.
All of us want to be a part of something bigger than we are. And for those of us here today, that something is Auburn.
What is Auburn?
Far be it for me to try to answer that question.
There are as many definitions of Auburn Men and Auburn Women as there ARE Auburn Men and Auburn Women.
It would be safe to say, however, that Auburn is much more than a football game and it’s much more than winning and losing.
It’s a spirit.
It is an attitude.
It is a way of looking at life and one another.
It is almost a way of living.
Unless you have experienced it, you will never know it.
You will never understand it.
But once you have experienced it, you will never be the same.
A part of you will forevermore be an Auburn Man or an Auburn Woman.

Everyone in that stadium (except my Georgia Bulldog husband and a few renegade Bammers) were Auburn Men and Auburn Women. It was like a home football game but without an opposing team. It was a sea of orange and blue. It was a wave of happiness. It was peaceful and respectful. It WAS Auburn.

As much as it may surprise you all, it wasn’t a Cam Newton love-fest. He spoke. Nick Fairley spoke. A few other seniors spoke. It was very tasteful in its pomp and circumstance. Those few outsiders there may have thought the number of times the Fight Song was played was a little obnoxious but the good thing was, Henry now knows the words to it!

In closing, after the Coaches Trophy was presented and the new stadium accessory (National Championship Flag) was lifted, Gene Chizik had a few other words.

I will say it again. It’s not kinda….sorta…. almost. You are the best fans in the United States of America. War Damn Eagle!

And then my 6 year old turned to me and said “War Damn Eagle. It’s ok to say Damn now, isn’t it?” And the answer to that is, “Yes, baby. As long as you’re wearing orange and blue and it’s got War and Eagle around it.”

For the full Championship Celebration go here.

For the Tunnel Video they played at the Celebration go here.

For the Highlights Video (which is AMAZING) go here.

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  1. What’s up with everything having two meaning with Auburn fans and the university?

    Auburn Tiger but motto/mantra is “War (Darm) Eagle”. HUH!?

    Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare stadium?! really!?

    Just flickin ya shizz. I understand what you are saying about being around the fans. Autzen Stadium is that way too. I think we have the record for loudest stadium (136 dB – Same as fighter jets). But I could be pulling that outta my butt.


    • You’re such a good sport! I love it!! Also, lots of stadiums have so-and-so field at so-and-so stadium now. Everything’s gotta have a name.
      I’m not explaining the mascot/battle cry thing again to you people. EVER! :)

  2. Jana, when we are real #sisterbitches you WILL explain to me what War Damn Eagle means. Or I will not cook your dinner.

  3. You are SOOOO right, daughter, about the Auburn Spirit thing. It’s hard to explain…you just have to “be there” ! And I’m immensely glad that I will forever understand it !! AU class of 1970. Love, Mama PCH

    FYI…David Housel came on-board as editor of the Auburn Plainsman newspaper when I was a junior or senior. Just sayin’ …cause he’s not THAT OLD !!! LOL


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