Coach Tommy Tuberville told the crowd that the 2004 Tigers are the best football team he has ever been around, including three national championship teams as an assistant coach at the University of Miami.
Following a sunset that featured an orange and blue sky in the west, Auburn fans had plenty to cheer about as they listened to speeches and joined in with AU players and coaches in rolling Toomer's Corner.
Linebacker Antarrious Williams has his paper ready while listening to a speech from the mayor of Auburn, Bill Ham, Jr., who declared Friday, Dec. 17th as "It's Great to Be An Auburn Tiger Day" in the city. The mayor had high praise for the players and coaching staff and read a proclamation from the city individually honoring the 18 seniors as well as head coach Tommy Tuberville and each of his assistants.
Auburn fans covered Toomer's Corner in a sea of toilet paper on Friday night. Auburn's interim president Dr. Ed Richardson had high praise for the way the team and coaching staff represented the university on and off the field this season. Team chaplain Chette Williams and senior defensive end Doug Langenfeld led the team and the entire crowd in a verse of the team's theme song, "Hard Fighting Soldier."
Carlos Rogers, an All-American cornerback, enjoys the evening with his teammates. The cornerback listened to fellow seniors Jason Campbell and Bret Eddins thank the fans for their support. Campbell noted that the pre-game Tiger Walks, both home and away, helped the team play with energy throughout the 12 games the Tigers have won this year. Eddins says the fan support was so good on the road this season it didn't feel like the Tigers played an away game.