All-Americans, Bowden to Assist in Iron Bowl Monument Unveiling

Posted by | January 15, 2010 | News & Events | No Comments

Two former All-Americans and a legendary college football coach from the state of Alabama will participate in a special coin flip to celebrate the unveiling of the Iron Bowl monument at 4 p.m. Friday, 22 January, on the campus of the United States Sports Academy.

Former All-American centers Jackie Burkett of Auburn and Dr. Gaylon McCollough of Alabama will represent their schools during the unveiling of the Iron Bowl monument honoring the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry. At the ceremony, Burkett will call “heads” or “tails” on a coin flip. The winner will choose what side of the monument will be dedicated to Alabama, and which one for Auburn.

And the man who will be flipping the coin, retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, a native of Birmingham, Ala., just happens to be one of the most popular faces in the history of the sport.

The public is invited to attend the event by calling the Academy at (251) 626-3303 or emailing communications@ussa.edu to reserve a spot in the crowd.

Fans can show their support for their favorite school — Alabama or Auburn — by purchasing bricks that will be placed on the base of the monument. All the Alabama bricks will be on one side, and the Auburn bricks on the other.

For a tax-deductible donation of $50 a brick, fans can leave their stamp on the Alabama-Auburn rivalry. Contact the Academy to become part of Iron Bowl lore.

McCollough starred on Alabama’s 1964 national championship team while Burkett was an all-American on Auburn’s 1957 national champions. Burkett went on to play 10 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

Bowden, who retired from Florida State after the Seminoles’ 1 January Gator Bowl win, will be on campus to receive a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the Academy.

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