A 15-year-old Auburn fan named Hayden claims to be the person who snatched Gus Malzahn’s now iconic visor right off his halo as fans swarmed the coach immediately following the amazing end to the 2013 Iron Bowl. He sent Gus Malzahn an apology (c/o TWER) this afternoon. He’s really sorry. He wants to make things right.
Dear Coach Malzahn,
I saw this on YouTube and war eagle reader and thought, “Holy crap what have I done!” I am soooooooo sorry about taking your visor; I took it thinking you would just throw it into the audience later anyway. If you guys can send me the address to return it to then I’ll be more then happy to do so….
Hayden says he wore the visor after the game.
“Anyway, tell coach Gus that he can definitely have his visor back and I’m sorry for taking it, especially in such a rude way. Long live the Tigers and War Eagle!!!”
After handing Bear Bryant the worst defeat (point-wise) of his career in the 1969 Iron Bowl, Auburn coach Shug Jordan tossed his houndstooth hat into the stands. It was caught by an Auburn coed (we interviewed her), and eventually returned to him after he hinted he wished he still had it for Auburn’s bowl game. That made the news, too.
Related: Cremated remains dumped on Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium after the Iron Bowl.
More OMG Iron Bowl:
* Cremated remains found in Jordan-Hare Stadium after Iron Bowl
* Cam Newton ‘War Eagles’ throughout his post-game press conference Sunday after Iron Bowl
* New York Post: Iron Bowl ending ‘greatest in the history of sports’
* Pensacola bridge completely covered in Auburn graffiti after Iron Bowl
* Highlights, Iron Bowl, Highlights
* Watch Rod Bramblett, Stan White and the Auburn radio broadcast booth react to the final play
* Hear Rod and Eli back to back
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Wow. … So he stole it right off the man’s head assuming that he would toss it into the stands ? Why would you think that ? Has CGM been known to do that before ? I don’t buy it. …
He stole it…period! I certainly was not the pillar of exemplary teen behavior as a kid, but I had much more respect for my elders than that.
Auburn Elvis says
You’re correct, stealing is wrong, and I think he knows that. Auburn will likely say, “keep it,” but I like that the kid’s offered to return it.
If I were in the athletic department, I’d accept the hat, give the kid a personally autographed football in return, and either A) put the hat in the museum or B) have Gus and Davis sign it, then auction it for a charity like Bo Bikes Bama.
WHAT IF IT’S LUCKY! Give it back just in case 🙂
I agree with Lana — take the visor back! It could be lucky. It should be word at the SEC champ game, just to be safe. It was bad enough Gus wore a different vest for the Iron Bowl. But it worked out OK. ;-P
* worn at the SEC Champ game…
Your fans are starting to act like your quarterbacks!
Kathy Owsley Moates says
You are a good kid, Hayden. From one hat returner to another, WAR EAGLE!
War Eagle Atlanta says
Meanwhile, the Lake Martin thief that stole Pat Dye’s pants back in the late 1980s is still at large.
Scott W says
Hey Rodney, at least we don’t murder our fellow fans because we’re not sad enough after a loss. The Crimson Cult lives on………………..
Young man, since you saw your theft recorded on this blog site so you could be identified, you may see this. Don’t put the burden on someone else to ask for it back. You took it, you have a computer, you can get the address for the AU athletic department, so send it. Sounds like you’re hoping to get a souvenir you can have or sell. Send it back.
Voice of Reason says
He must not be a true fan to have not returned it. Or maybe he never had it to begin with. God has tigers on a path of destiny no lucky piece of clothing can stop that!! WDE!!