By Donnell SuggsTwitter: @lsunnews
The College Football Hall of Fame, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta is a must-see for fans of the great game. On a recent visit I was pleased to see how well Auburn University and the University of Alabama was represented throughout. From the helmet wall when you first enter to the the many pictures of Tiger and Crimson Tide former players, the two biggest football programs in the state of Alabama are on full display. What I liked most was how displays and trophies cases wherever I went in the hall had some semblance of the Iron Bowl. It didn’t matter what section I visited or what topic was the present point of discussion, Alabama and Auburn were involved. The College Football Hall of Fame is a War Eagle and Roll Tide candy store for football fans.
The Bo Jackson jersey and Auburn helmet and pads rested on a mannequin on the second floor and immediately commanded my attention. The navy blue number 34 will always belong to who I believe will forever be the greatest Auburn football player (and overall athlete, with all due respect to hall of fame basketball player and current TNT commentator Charles Barkley and hall of fame baseball player Frank Thomas). Down in the actual hall of fame area, where all of the elected players’ names are displayed, I got a chance to select both Alabama and Auburn and scroll through all of the entrees from either school. Quite the impressive lists indeed. Unlike most halls of fame, the College Football Hall of Fame does not display busts of the players inducted, rather they have taken a more digital approach that I feel will get younger fans much more involved in the history of the game. This place will attract both fathers and sons, mothers and their cell phone toting daughters.
Upon entering the rivalry room the Iron Bowl is immediately displayed front and center. Arguably (especially in LaFayette, Alabama and all over the state) the greatest rivalry in college football, Auburn v Alabama, better known as the Iron Bowl, was started in 1893. I will admit that despite being a sports writer I did not know that. My trip to the hall of fame was both educational and inspiring, jaw dropping due to all of the artifacts strewn throughout the building and amazing.
The summer is here and with another month and a half before school starts and for me, when high school football season starts, it’s a great ideas for families and fans alike to get down to the College Football Hall of Fame. If nothing else than to see how well the state of Alabama is well represented.
The College Football Hall of Fame is located at 250 Marietta Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313 and is open seven days a week.