Thursday, December 12, 2013

Unexpectedly Forged from the Iron Bowl Smelter

The number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide had a perfect 10 and 0 recording playing against their arch-rival number five ranked Auburn Tigers.  With seconds left in the game and the score tied at 28-28, the Crimson Tide attempted a long field goal to stop  the game from going into overtime.

Going into the game, senior Alabama placekicker number 43 Cade Foster had a 91.7% success rate for field goals.  But during the 2013 Iron Bowl, Foster missed three field goal attempts.   But with one second left on the game clock, the Crimson Tide put in red shirted freshman Adam Griffin for a 57 yard field goal attempt.  Griffin had kicked a 60 yard field goal in practice and the Crimson Tide had favorable winds.

The resulting play inspired an iconic play-by-play call by Auburn Football radio announcer Rod Bramblett:

The 109 yard punt return by Auburn Tiger Chris Davis, Sr. winning the game 34-28 along with the exuberant announcing by Bramblett will long be remembered as an exciting end to the Iron Bowl.

A few days after the event, former President George W. Bush wrote Cade Foster a short note.

While it is easy to bask in the glory of a miraculous last second victory, it is admirable to offer encouragement in a "personal growth moment" suffered on a sports field.  

Kudos to the class of "43".

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