Days to kickoff: 21
Athletic and academic achievement always trump athletic achievement and incarceration.
HAPPY KARIBI DEDE DAY!!!
A native of Woodbridge, Va., Karibi Dede began his Auburn career at safety before becoming an outstanding linebacker for the Tigers. In addition to his superb defensive play, Mr. Dede achieved Academic All-SEC honors in four consecutive years. He was named to the inaugural class of the National Football Foundation's National Honor Society.
If that wasn't enough to impress you, he was a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, the "academic Heisman Trophy". He obviously took Dr. George Petrie's Auburn Creed to heart. I'm not sure of the current whereabouts of Karibe Dede. I found a reference to a signing with the Montreal Alouettes in early 2008; the CFL web site does not currently show him listed on a roster. I also found a reference to him as a 2008 assistant coach at Freedom High School in his hometown; he is not listed on their coaching staff at this time. Anyone know what Mr. Dede is up to now? Whatever it is, I'm sure he's successful doing it.
* James Brooks is one of the greatest running backs in the history of Auburn football and still, by a large margin, Auburn's career leader in all-purpose yardage. He also had an All-Pro NFL career. Had he not spent time incarcerated for being a deadbeat dad, he would have been today's honoree.
* Ed Graham: His most famous moment, at least in my recollection, was the 2nd half kickoff return for a TD vs Florida State in 1984. Brent Fullwood had a great return going before coughing up the football near the 40. Ed quickly plucked the oblate spheroid out of the air and dashed the rest of the way for 6 points. In one of Auburn's most exciting games, AU nipped the 'Noles, 42-41.
Shout outs welcomed! Who's your favorite 21?