It’s hard to believe it, but today marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of the legendary voice of Auburn, Jim Fyffe. He will forever and always been linked to his simple, yet perfect way of yelling “Touchdown Auburn!” after each score, that he admittedly screamed in a somewhat obnoxious way because he was once told by an Alabama fan that he didn’t like it.
Jim was part of some of the best years of Auburn football, and gave us some of the best calls that any fan of any of team would enjoy. Here are my top three calls, followed by a montage of his best below:
1. Reggie Slack to Shane Wasden (Florida 1989) – With 26 seconds left, on 4th-and-11, Reggie Slack found Shane Wadsden alone in the back of the end zone. Fyffe yells the call with almost an angry excitement. You could just feel him grabbing Charlie Trotman and pulling him around by his shirt.
2. Nix to Sanders (Alabama 1993) – Stan White went down with a knee injury, bringing in Patrick Nix. Everyone thought Auburn would use a few plays to get him used to the game. Nope. Nix “floated one” to Sanders, who made a great catch and dove into the endzone.
Everyone in the stadium was surprised by the play call, as well as the result, and you could definitely hear it in Jim’s voice.
3. Bostic Up the Middle (Alabama 1993) – Auburn led Alabama 15-14 with just over two minutes left. A first down would probably win the game. Instead, Bostic ran up the middle for a 70-yard touchdown. Watch for a helmet-less Tony Richardson busting his head against Bostic’s facemask at the end.
What made this call so good was that he was able to keep up with all the missed tackles while giving you each yard line Bostic passed. He was a pro.
Fyffe will always be an Auburn legend. He called the game with class, but he also called the game like a fan. He cheered the good plays, and jeered the bad. He may have been from Kentucky, but he was an Auburn man through and through.
Thanks to @AUMitty, here is a montage of his best calls. High five to anyone who can list each game and year in order in the comments section.
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As you just heard, he was responsible for many more great calls than my top three, so list your favorites in the comments section below as well.
Note: this was originally posted on 5/14, the 10th anniversary of Jim collapsing after a speaking engagement and later being pronounced brain-dead. Jim was actually pronounced dead on 5/15/03.