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An open letter to the Auburn University 2013 Recruiting Class

The Board, 11 a.m.

Dear New Auburn Men,

War Eagle and congratulations on your decision to enroll at Auburn University.

Football is an important reason why you’re coming to Auburn. Football will occupy a lot of your time. Football isn’t the most important reason you’re coming here.

You’re coming here because you’ve become convinced that Auburn is a great place, and that she can help you realize the potential greatness within you. Auburn is great because of the history and tradition within her buildings. For 157 years students have carried books over these grounds. Generations of Auburn men and women worked hard here before becoming overwhelmingly important to this region and the world.

You, too, can do great things. Your talents are giving you that opportunity. You must only work for it. Auburn men and women believe in work, hard work.

Think about those things: work and opportunity. Those ideas become clearer with time and experience. We hope that you’ll honor those concepts because we know what they can do for you and our larger community.

Your athletic talents are impressive, but you’re also coming here because the coaches believe you have equal promise as an individual. We hope that you’ll honor the faith they are putting in you by choosing wisely in all things.

We want to celebrate the wise decisions you make with the opportunities before you. We cheer you on Saturdays because you represent a part of Auburn. We have the greatest hopes and expectations for you every day of the week because, like all of your classmates and our alumni, you ARE Auburn.

Auburn is about realizing potential. That is what we cheer for the most.

War Eagle and welcome home. Welcome to Auburn. Love it, and it will always love you.


The Auburn Family

Photo: @fototodd.

Related: Auburn’s official breakdown of its 2013 recruiting class.

Kenny graduated from Auburn at the turn of the century. He worked in newsrooms across the region and then earned a master’s degree at UAB. He met and married a Yankee, who declared her Auburn allegiance at her first home game. She’s now on the faculty at Auburn. He’s finishing his PhD at Alabama and teaches at Samford University. And he’s an assistant editor at The War Eagle Reader. See him online at www.kennysmith.org and @kennysmith.

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