Auburn Football, 1984—What Were They Watching?

The A-Team was AU’s Team. Dye hard, baby.

Hometowns, high schools, hobbies? BORING. So in 1984, Auburn’s football media guide started giving fans and press folk a true window into the Auburn football team’s soul by peppering the “Personal” sections of player bios with the results of a pop culture poll. Today we’ll be focusing on: Favorite TV Show.

In a few years they’d all be addicted to Cosby like the rest of America—the show was in the Top 10 that fall, it’s first season—but going into the 1984 season (football and television), Auburn players were pitying the fools that weren’t hooked on The A-Team, the 4th most popular show in the country in 1983-84.

But a lot of them also seemed Stacy Danley-serious about their soaps, too. And of course perennially popular The Andy Griffith Show. (The “Don’t Hit Your Grandma With A Big Ole Stick*” chapter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club was formed in Auburn about halfway through fall quarter—Randy Campbell was supposedly a member.)

Rob Shuler’s favorite show was Sesame Street, Brent Fullwood liked “all cartoons,” and quarterback Pat Washington simply liked the MTV.

Fittingly, Vincent “Bo” Jackson’s favorite show was That’s Incredible (wonder if he saw the episode with the kid he’d later beat out as the greatest athlete of all time?).

Tommy Agee, Fullback: Webster
Mark Aston, Offensive Tackle: 60 Minutes
Vic Beasley, Free Safety: All My Children
Clayton Beauford, Split End: The A-Team
Scott Bolton, Halfback: Hill Street Blues
Jim Bone, Linebacker: The Andy Griffith Show
Alvin Briggs, Cornerback: N/A
Jeff Burger, Quarterback: The A-Team
Collis Campbell, Fullback: The A-Team
Gregg Carr, Linebacker: 60 Minutes
Russ Carreker, Linebacker: M*A*S*H
Nat Ceasar, Free Safety: Webster
Lewis Colbert, Punter: The Andy Griffith Show
Kyle Collins, Fullback: Hill Street Blues
Ray Corhen, Linebacker: N/A
Yann Cowart, Center: Simon & Simon
John Dailey, Defensive End: General Hospital
John Dooley, Defensive Tackle: The A-Team
Alex Dudchock, Defensive Tackle: Dynasty
Alan Evans, Halfback: The Jeffersons
Eric Floyd, Offensive Tackle: Airwolf

Brent Fullwood, Halfback: All cartoons…
Trey Gainous, Split End: The Andy Griffith Show
Ed Graham, Halfback: 60 Minutes
Kevin Greene, Defensive End: Hill Street Blues
Ron Greer, Cornerback: N/A
Tim Jessie, Halfback: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Bo Jackson, Heisman Trophy Candidate: That’s Incredible
Arthur Johnson, Strong Safety: The Jeffersons
Clay Johnson, Slit End: All My Children
Sherman Johnson, Tight End: N/A
Gary Kelley, Defensive End: The Andy Griffith Show
David King, Cornerback: N/A
Chris Knapp, Place-kicker: Cheers
Scott Kunz, Strong Safety: M*A*S*H
Jeff Lott, Offensive Guard: All My Children
Malcolm McCrary, Defensive Tackle: Hill Street Blues

Ben McCurdy, Linebacker: N/A
Robert McGinty, Place-kicker: Late Night with David Letterman
Mike Mann, Quarterback: Remington Steele
Roy Middleton, Tight End: Cheers
Michael Morrione, Defensive Tackle: N/A
Pat Mote, Snapper: Blue Thunder
Fred Murphy, Punter: Late Night with David Letterman
Jeff Neighbors, Noseguard: Star Trek
Jeff Ostrowski, Offensive Guard: M*A*S*H
Kenny Parham, Cornerback: Webster
Jeff Parks, Tight End: Hill Street Blues
Beauford Perkins, Offensive Guard: N/A
Edward Phillips, Defensive End: Blue Thunder
Steve Posey, Offensive Tackle: Dynasty
Chip Powell, Defensive Back: N/A
Tom Powell, Strong Safety: Airwolf
Danny Robinson, Free Safety: Remington Steele
Gerald Robinson, Defensive End: The A-Team
Jonathan Robinson, Cornerback: All My Children
Stacy Searels, Defensive Tackle: The Andy Griffith Show
Rob Shuler, Offensive Tackle: Sesame Street (maybe he saw the episode Bo was on)
Miles Smith, Free Safety: N/A
Alex Spurlin, Strong Safety: Remington Steele
Ed Spurlin, Quarterback: N/A (But Alex is his twin, so… Remington Steele?)
Randy Stokes, Offensive Guard: The A-Team
Ben Tamburello, Center: Dynasty
Ron Tatum, Offensive Tackle: Falcon Crest
Ben Thomas, Defensive Tackle: The A-Team
Pat Thomas, Linebacker: N/A
Demetrius Threatt, Fullback: Dynasty
Tracy Turner, Offensive Tackle: Star Trek
Neal Vinson, Defensive End: Hill Street Blues
Steve Wallace, Offensive Tackle: Sports Center (ESPN), Hart To Hart
Chike Ward, Punter: N/A
Jimmy Warren, Cornerback: Dynasty
Pat Washington, Quarterback: MTV
Chette Williams, Linebacker: Sanford and Son
Gerald Williams, Defensive Tackle: The Master
Steve Wilson, Offensive Guard: The Andy Griffith Show

* I’m assuming this is a Plainsman error: The song that Briscoe Darling proposed the family play at Charlene’s wedding (“No Paw, that one makes me cry”) was “Never Hit Your Grandma With A Great Big Stick.”

Related: A Day in the Life of Stacy Danley, 1989.

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