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Was Tre Smith’s touchdown flip against Florida deliberate?

Tre Smith flips off Florida in 2006.

Auburn (somehow) may not have won anything at this year’s ESPY Awards, but remember that time Tre Smith’s blocked punt return for a touchdown against Florida in 2006 won us, like, a million dollars or something as the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year? And remember that time some folks dared chastise the young white god of the 2002 Iron Bowl (who did not miss his chance to blow) for that fabulous, fabulous flip that got him across the goal line?

And remember that time—talking to myself here—I walked over with a plate of Sargento cheese cubes (and vomit on my sweater already—mom’s spaghetti) and asked him about it up in Birmingham at the AAFL Draft Event in January 2008?

Tre: Honestly, I wasn’t even trying to flip.

TWER: I knew it!

Tre: The thing was, when I saw the ball rollin’ and picked it up, I thought somebody was trying to tackle me from behind, but it was my own player falling into my legs. I jumped to avoid getting tackled, I wasn’t trying to do a flip.

TWER: Yeah, I never thought it looked planned. To me it always just looked like your momentum forced it—made you tuck and roll.

Tre: Yeah, I mean, it was too spur of the moment to plan it, I didn’t even know it ended up looking like that.

Exactly—one again, he lost himself in the moment, he owned it, and he’s going to never, ever let it go.

(By the way, if you don’t remember any of those That Times, it’s totally understandable—your brain was probably damaged by the decibels. That was one of the loudest games in Jordan-Hare history. What?)

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