Auburn to honor oldest known former player at Iron Bowl 2013 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Auburn to honor oldest known former player at Iron Bowl 2013

Dave Lyon, Sr. Dave Lyon, Sr.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Like father, like son. David Lyon is 91-years-old and played for the Auburn Tigers beginning in 1940 as a running back.

"They had me listed as 176 pounds," said Lyon.

Son Dave Lyon, Junior, suited up for Auburn as the team's safety for 4 years starting in 1969.

They are two generations with a unique perspective on the Iron Bowl.Mr. Lyon never played in the annual match-up because Bama and Auburn stopped playing each other after the 1907 season and didn't resume their rivalry until 1948. There was apparently too much tension at the time.

"We all liked Alabama. We never hated Alabama," said Lyon, Sr.

Dave Lyon was part of four Iron Bowls. He says there was hype but nowhere near what we see today.

"It was more like a little family fight but nothing like today," said Lyon.

This weekend Auburn University will honor David Lyon, Sr., sometime during the first half, not just because he's one of the oldest living members who played on the Plains, but as a veteran, too. Lyon served in World War II for three years.

"I don't think I deserve any recognition at all. I don't value my playing time all that much," said Mr. Lyon.

While father and son played for Auburn, the rest of the family, four generations deep attended Auburn University. You could say they kept it 'All in the Family' beginning with David Lyon, Sr., 73 years ago.

A footnote on the Iron Bowl. Alabama leads the series between the two schools with a record of 42-34-1.

The Iron Bowl got its name from Birmingham's role in the steel industry, a city where the Iron Bowl was played for many years until 2000.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • UK Holds Annual Media Day

    UK Holds Annual Media Day

    Sunday, July 30 2017 6:16 PM EDT2017-07-30 22:16:57 GMT
    LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE)   Hope springs eternal as the University of Kentucky football team gears up for another season.  The team held their annual media day on Sunday for all the coaches and players to weigh in on the upcoming season.  "We all do that let's go work on let's go play let's not talk about it and worry about all that and get better," said head coach, Mark Stoops.   The team is also starting camp on Sunday, and the players are excited to get to...More >>
    LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE)   Hope springs eternal as the University of Kentucky football team gears up for another season.  The team held their annual media day on Sunday for all the coaches and players to weigh in on the upcoming season.  "We all do that let's go work on let's go play let's not talk about it and worry about all that and get better," said head coach, Mark Stoops.   The team is also starting camp on Sunday, and the players are excited to get to...More >>
  • Ole Miss hands Florida their first SEC loss

    Ole Miss hands Florida their first SEC loss

    Sunday, January 14 2018 12:05 AM EST2018-01-14 05:05:44 GMT
    Source: Ole Miss SportsSource: Ole Miss Sports

    Bruce Stevens scored 22 points, Deandre Burnett added 20, and the Rebels held off Florida for a 78-72 win on Saturday afternoon.

    More >>

    Bruce Stevens scored 22 points, Deandre Burnett added 20, and the Rebels held off Florida for a 78-72 win on Saturday afternoon.

    More >>
  • WELCOME BACK: Marcus Lattimore joins USC football staff

    WELCOME BACK: Marcus Lattimore joins USC football staff

    Friday, January 12 2018 3:56 PM EST2018-01-12 20:56:05 GMT
    Will Muschamp shares a laugh with Marcus Lattimore in Friday's news conference. Lattimore has been named USC's new director of player development. (Source: WIS)Will Muschamp shares a laugh with Marcus Lattimore in Friday's news conference. Lattimore has been named USC's new director of player development. (Source: WIS)

    South Carolina legend Marcus Lattimore will return to his alma mater's football program in an off-the-field role. 

    More >>

    South Carolina legend Marcus Lattimore will return to his alma mater's football program in an off-the-field role. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly