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Ralph “Stud” Jordan working out in 1972

There are fancy photos of George Petrie gettin’ his Gay 90s cycling on, and that shot of Terry Bowden workin’ up a Samford sweat under center in super-short green gym shorts in Sports Illustrated’s 1993 Auburn commemorative issue is burned into my brain, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of an Auburn coach engaged in exercise qua exercise… until this photo of Shug pumping iron (or something) in the AU gym published in the Feb. 3, 1972 issue of the the OA-News.

It’s no wonder The Amazins’ were so amazin’—even their 61-year-old coach was putting in grueling winter workouts.

I’m always seeing tweets from girls who happen to be next to Gene Chizik on the treadmill, or dudes who passed him on their way out of the gym. Photo or it didn’t happen, right?

Related: Shug’s daughter confirms father’s affinity for houndstooth.

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Jeremy Henderson is the editor of The War Eagle Reader and co-host of Rich and Jeremy in the Mornings on Wings 94.3 FM in Auburn. Follow him on Twitter: @wareaglereader / @jerthoughts / @RichandJeremy

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