The fact that Auburn’s four representatives in the Senior Bowl had a good week in Mobile sure didn’t surprise me. Dee Ford, Cody Parkey, Chris Davis and Jay Prosch are all good football players and outstanding representatives of the Auburn football program.
I am excited that Dee Ford picked up an MVP award in Mobile and that he did so well in practices leading up to the game. You have to admire his work ethic and toughness. This is a young man who was on crutches at the start of his senior season, but he didn’t let that discourage him.
Dee steadily improved after he was cleared to play and became one of the key performers as his team won the SEC championship and nearly won the BCS title. His work ethic is tremendous and I hope he has a long and successful pro career.
Jay Prosch, Cody Parkey and Chris Davis were all key players in Auburn’s championship season and a lot of fun to watch. I believe those three guys and Dee earned the respect of their teammates, coaches and Auburn fans and I wish them nothing but the best for their futures whether it is the NFL or in some other area.
Although I would much prefer watching a good college football game, the Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday and I am planning to watch this year’s matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. I have heard some analysts say these are two great teams who will be playing in this year’s game, but I am not sure that is the case.
What I do see is a great quarterback playing in this game with Denver being led by Peyton Manning. I am a fan of Peyton and the whole Manning family and I was glad to see him get another opportunity to win the National Football League’s big game. The fact that Peyton played collegiately in the Southeastern Conference adds a little extra interest to Sunday’s game from my perspective.
It will also be interesting to see how the Denver quarterback and the Broncos try to attack what has been an outstanding Seattle defense. Scoring points on average teams is one thing, but doing it against the Seahawks is a different matter.
It will also be worth watching to see if Denver is good enough on defense to go toe-toe-toe for four quarters with Seattle’s physical running attack led by Marshawn Lynch. If the Seahawks have success moving the ball on the ground that will make it easier for quarterback Russell Wilson to make big plays in the passing game.
Last, but not least, I want to say a special thank you to Alabama Power, the folks who sponsor this column and who do such a good job of taking care of their customers around our state. I know a lot of us take them for granted, but I got a recent reminder of how prompt and professional they are when we had a power outage on our place out in the country.
The folks we dealt with were polite, professional and prompt, We assumed it was a general power outage, but it turned out it just affected us. They figured out what the problem was and we had our power back on in a short time. I am thinking about those folks this week as I know they are busy taking care of customers who have be affected by this winter storm.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming.
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