A Tiger's Walk: Memoirs of an Auburn Football Player

A Tiger's Walk: Memoirs of an Auburn Football Player

by Rob Pate


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Readers have the opportunity to enter the world of college football and follow one player through his experiences on the gridiron of the Southeastern Conference for the Auburn Tigers. A Tiger’s Walk observes him as he battles the highs and lows of championship and losing seasons, coaching hirings and firings, and personal success and tragedy.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, the self-proclaimed “football capital of the South,” Rob Pate grew up well aware of the significance of college football in his home state. At the age of five he embarked on a journey in football that carried him from a proud youth league ballpark in small-town Alabama to the splendor of SEC football, as well as to the National Football League.

Readers can gain an understanding of daily life in college football from the perspective of someone who recently stepped off the field for the very last time. This is one Tiger’s walk in the world of today’s student athlete, helping fans watch from the sidelines and become one of the team.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582613116
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Rob Pate was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. A four-year starter in football, basketball, and baseball, and the winner of the Class 5-A Bryant-Jordan Achievement Scholarship, he accepted an athletic scholarship to play football for the Auburn Tigers. As a four-year starter for the Tigers, he was a member of many All-Conference teams, a two-time Academic All-America All-District selection, a four-time SEC Honor Roll recipient, and the Pat Dye Leadership Award winner. Pate graduated from Auburn University in May 2002 and the UAB School of Optometry in May 2007. He practices optometry in Hoover, Alabama, where he lives with his wife, Dana, and five kids.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Ready or Not, Here I Come 1

Chapter 2 New Beginnings 23

Chapter 3 Flooded Plains 63

Chapter 4 Winds of Change 89

Chapter 5 A Season Remembered 125

Afterword 178

Epilogue 182

Epilogue II 198

Appendix 209

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