6 Jan

On Monday, January 10, 2011 I will joining tens of thousands of Auburn fans at the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, AZ.  (There will be a few Oregon fans there too.)

I never thought I’d see the day that Auburn played in a national championship game, much less that I would be in attendance. They were undefeated in 2004, yet somehow did not even get a chance to play for the championship. Can anyone imagine if that happened these days?  An SEC team going undefeated, winning the SEC Championship, and not even be invited to the national championship game? I wonder what the reaction would be if Alabama went undefeated and did not get invited to the championship game? Mass hysteria would surely ensue!

My dad is a die-hard “bammer,” and for quite some time, so was I. I can remember crying as a child when Alabama would lose a game. Not everyone knows that I grew up an Alabama fan. What everybody does know, is that you don’t flip flop.  I did.  I had one tie to Auburn, my Aunt Paula and Uncle Chuck.  Both attended Auburn and I loved to visit them.  They took me to the first college football game I ever went to, Auburn vs Maryland in the 1980’s.  I loved it! Little did I know, the seed was planted at that moment.  After high school and two years of junior college, I was off to Auburn and graduated in 1998.  It was the best decision I ever made.  Auburn was so much fun…Southern Tradition, football games, Toomer’s Corner, Neon’s, Supper Club, College Park Apartments…I could go on and on.

Some of the most important people that are in my life are there because I went to Auburn.  I met one of my best friends, Newell, while I was at Auburn.  Newell talked me into moving to Gainesville, FL after I graduated.  It was there that I met my wife, Emily, and the rest is history.  We now have a beautiful 15 month old son named Elliot J Dawkins.  He is more wonderful that I could have ever imagined.  I hope that someday Elliot will go to Auburn too!  Although, I’m sure Emily will surely be pushing for him to be a Gator.


It’s safe to say that almost everything in my life is the way it is because I went to Auburn University.  My friends, my wife, my son.  I am so thankful that I went to school there….I could not imagine having gone anywhere else.  I hope that this trip to Arizona is a great experience and ends with a championship trophy coming back to “The Loveliest Village on the Plains.”

“I have descended into college football’s Grand Canyon. I have stood in its Alps. I have gazed at its ocean sunset. I have attended a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. And I’ve been changed forever.”



4 Responses to “WAR EAGLE!!”

  1. Paula Smith January 7, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I too grew up an Alabama fan. I’m glad we are now saved. Auburn University is a great family to be part of. I don’t care how many national championships we have or don’t have, it is GREAT to be an Auburn tiger!

  2. cdawkins January 7, 2011 at 11:02 am #


    I agree….so glad I was saved too! Thanks for your efforts in making sure that happened!

  3. Diane Vignola January 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    What a wonderful tribute to Paula and Chuck and Auburn University! I am so grateful to Paula and Chuck for introducing you to their family at Auburn.

  4. cdawkins January 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Me too! Like I said to you earlier, leaving you (and home) was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But, at least I made the most of it! It enabled me to have an Emmy and an Elliot!

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