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Statues for Auburn’s Heisman Winners in Production

In an email sent by Jay Jacobs to Auburn supporters tonight, he confirmed what had been going around the message boards over the last few days. There will be statues of each of Auburn’s three Heisman trophy winners placed outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium. There were various topics in the email ranging from A-Day details to recent academic honors, but here’s what was said regarding the statues:

Heisman statues in production

Honoring our former greats is an important part of our tradition at Auburn, and I am excited to announce that statues of all three of our Heisman Trophy winners are currently in production. The iconic statues will be placed on the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Noted sculptor Ken Bjorge of Big Fork, Montana, began planning and producing Heisman statues for Auburn legends Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson last spring. Little did we know that we would need to add a third statue so soon. Bjorge is now in the production stages of a third statue in honor of 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. We have also commissioned a bust of John Heisman to be displayed near the statues to celebrate a history and tradition that is uniquely Auburn. Auburn University is the only school where Heisman coached that also boasts a Heisman winner.

The three bronze Heisman statues, which will be one and one-half life size and weigh about 1,900 pounds each, will further enhance the gameday experience we all enjoy at Jordan-Hare Stadium. We look forward to sharing more information on the statues’ dedication at a later date.

I think this is pretty cool. Auburn is currently tied for 3rd most Heisman winners by school, so it’s time to start reminding people of that. The only negative I can see about this being announced now is that Florida just revealed the statues of their Heisman winners last weekend, so although we know this has been in the works for months, the world will think we’re being copycats. Ah, but everybody hates us anyway, so who cares?

What do you think of this idea? I imagine some people will love it and some people will hate it. I understand both sides, but for now I’m all for it.

It is rumored that this the image below is a preliminary bust of Cam’s statue.

This is from the sculptor’s website: “Ken is frequently commissioned to create special pieces and monuments. He’s recently finished two larger than life-size monuments for Auburn University of Heisman Trophy winners, Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson.”

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FearlessAndTrue2014 04/13/2011 at 11:51 pm

Only a matter of time before a Bammer either complains about it, desecrates it, or destroys it. “PAAAAAWWL, they have trudishon that we don’t have! Its a conspiracy PAAAAWWL!”

Jason 04/14/2011 at 12:49 am

I’m all for Heisman winner statues. At first I was worried they we’re going to be coaches like the bammers have, nut I’m glad we’re recognizing players.

jaxau90 04/14/2011 at 6:13 am

Seem to be copying Florida

The WarBlogler 04/14/2011 at 9:19 am

Ok, so maybe our own think we’re being copycats. Not just the outside world. But I sense a little Gator in this Jacksonville tiger.

ted 04/14/2011 at 6:44 am

Seems like Florida was copying the NY Yankees.

I mean, someone is always going to be first with a good idea… and as for Auburn it fits with the other methods we use to recognize accomplishment around the stadium. Will be another interesting game day adventure for young Tiger fans.

brooksforehand 04/14/2011 at 7:15 am

It’s a great idea, no matter who does it first (FL), we are very proud of Cam, Pat and Bo. What a wonderful way to show our gratitude for their example of being true Auburn Men. War Eagle!

Everett 04/14/2011 at 9:12 am

When some Bammer inevitably places bear hats on the statues, I hope we will all sit back and laugh. No need to go all Updyke when it happens.

Mr Vann 04/14/2011 at 9:36 pm

It sounds great. The only thing – and I hate to sound negative – I believe Outland, Lombardi, and Thorpe Award winners are every bit as important and deserving. And it is tough to see Sullivan without Beasley. But nothing in this world is perfect, and Heisman statues would be terrific.

sullivan013 04/15/2011 at 2:08 pm

What?!! No #2 Jersey duct taped to front?

I’m so disappointed

Peyton 04/25/2011 at 1:19 pm

I hate the ideas of building statues. We are replicating what Florida does with theirs.

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