“Madam speaker, on June 1, 2020, America lost a football legend.
“Pat Dye was a player, coach, and most importantly a dear friend. His ties to the 12th district of Georgia run deep as he was born and raised in Blythe, Georgia. Ge started his football career at Richmond Academy and won a state championship there. He went on to play at the University of Georgia, where he was a two-time All American.
“Coach Dye was most known as transforming the Auburn University football team where he served as Auburn’s head coach from 1981 to 1992, and as athletic director from 1981 to 1991.
“As the only Auburn alumni currently serving in congress, what a privilege it is for me to stand here on the House floor and enter into the congressional record Coach Dye’s amazing record, which includes four SEC championship wins, including three straight from 1987 to 1989. He led Auburn to three Sugar Bowls and finished in the Top Five five times including four straight seasons from 1986 to 1989.
“So it was no surprised he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2005. He fought the good fight. He leaves an incredible legacy not only at Auburn, but as a great mentor and coach to thousands of young men on the football field.
“Thank you, coach, and War eagle. I yield back.”
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