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I am an absolutely abysmal basketball player. Standing at 6’6" with a considerable wingspan, you’d be forgiven for thinking I had the ability to what are some ways to make money at least dunk a basketball. Sadly, as a former high school offensive lineman who spent the what are some ways to make money better part of my developmental years north of 300 lbs. Before I got my life in some sort of order what are some ways to make money and slimmed down, I’m incredibly uncoordinated. My ability in the sporting world was limited to hitting what are some ways to make money the guy 6 inches in front of me and trying what are some ways to make money to drive him back. Today, that ability is limited to doing nothing more than attempting what are some ways to make money to pick up something heavy in a gym for no what are some ways to make money other purpose than placing it back down. Again, you’d be forgiven if you were to think I had what are some ways to make money any athletic gifting. Rod bramblett certainly was forgiven for making this mistake.

I, like so many far more gifted writers have said earlier what are some ways to make money this week, didn’t know rod on some personal level. Sure I had several interactions with him to where I what are some ways to make money at least thought he may’ve recognized my face when he saw me, but if I’m being honest, that probably had less to do with me, and more to do with rod just being the nicest what are some ways to make money person in whatever space we both occupied. He had a gift of making you feel special because what are some ways to make money he always was happy to see you, and always had a smile on his face.

Rod bramblett graduated from auburn in 1988, meaning he got to experience some of the highest of what are some ways to make money highs as an auburn student. He got to see the auburn football program have the what are some ways to make money greatest decade in the history of auburn football. He was able to be at our university in the what are some ways to make money time of bo, barkley, and the big hurt. He was able to be on the fan’s side of auburn’s first, and up until this past season, only SEC tournament championship in auburn basketball history. We should all be so fortunate. Most importantly, he was able to enjoy his time at auburn with what are some ways to make money his future bride, paula. As someone that navigated the perils of college without my what are some ways to make money life partner, I recognize what a blessing this must have been. And how sweet of a time in a relationship that what are some ways to make money had to be.

Outside of a short time away from the plains in what are some ways to make money the early 90’s, rod’s life was auburn. Working with the auburn network, rod was able to see perilous times up close and what are some ways to make money personal. The devastation of coach dye’s time ending before it should have, coach smith leaving for VCU in a manner that still what are some ways to make money hurts sonny to talk about, the ups and downs of the terry bowden era, coach baird’s run to the college world series, and the rebuilding of the auburn football program under tommy what are some ways to make money tuberville. The main consistency through a decade of far more upheaval what are some ways to make money than what rod experienced as a student was one of what are some ways to make money his idols in the broadcasting business, jim fyffe.

You cannot fully appreciate the work of rod bramblett, and the impact he had on auburn athletics, and auburn university as a whole, without recognizing his predecessor, the legendary jim fyffe. My first exposure to auburn football was through two old what are some ways to make money VHS tapes of "the first time ever" and "auburn: the decade of the 80’s." prior to my first auburn experience I can remember in what are some ways to make money 1992, those VHS tapes were burned through our family’s VCR, listening to fyffe make a career of calls in a what are some ways to make money 9-season span from 1981-1989. Fyffe was to auburn what munson was to georgia. The biggest difference was that fyffe had an ace up what are some ways to make money his sleeve that infuriated the other half of the state what are some ways to make money of alabama (which he was more than proud to let us all what are some ways to make money know), "touchdown auburn!"

Jim fyffe was the singular voice of auburn football and what are some ways to make money basketball, while rod was regulated to his passion, auburn baseball. I truly believe that if rod could’ve had it his way, he would’ve been perfectly content sticking with baseball for the rest what are some ways to make money of his career while jim enjoyed a long career that what are some ways to make money extended to this very day. Sadly, on may 15, 2003, the auburn family was devastated with tragedy when fyffe suddenly what are some ways to make money passed away from a brain aneurism at the age of what are some ways to make money 57. Auburn had lost its voice. Or so we thought.

After a few weeks rod was selected to replace fyffe, a move that no one, including rod himself, could be completely happy about because rod, simply put, wasn’t fyffe. Even if rod were to continue saying "touchdown auburn!" it wouldn’t be the same. It wouldn’t have the same enthusiasm. It wouldn’t drive the other side of the state crazy. It wasn’t personal against rod. It was just that we weren’t ready to accept another voice for our program.

Media wasn’t just in an age of change at that time, but was shifting into something none of us could have what are some ways to make money ever anticipated. Even in the early days of the internet, blogs, and an ever connected world, no one could have foreseen the shifts in how we what are some ways to make money send and receive information. Amidst that change, the job of the auburn radio play-by-play man evolved considerably. While jim fyffe was a radio host in montgomery, rod was in auburn, and even prior to jim’s untimely passing, it was rod that was readily available for hosting call-in shows for coaches. After rod took over for fyffe, the job of calling plays morphed into that of an what are some ways to make money anchor to every major auburn athletic function and media presentation what are some ways to make money for the athletic department.

Think about that for a moment. Every signing day, rod was there. Every new coaching hire video interview, rod was there. The auburn athletics youtube channel is full of rod bramblett what are some ways to make money at every turn. Jim fyffe, iconic as he was, never hosted the auburn football review. Rod did. And instead of doing it the following day in a what are some ways to make money studio, he did it right after every victory and heartbreaking defeat. All of this in addition to being one of the what are some ways to make money most versatile radio broadcasters in the business, effectively calling the three major men’s sports at auburn, football, basketball and baseball.

How many times have you ever listened in entirety to what are some ways to make money tiger talk? I rarely listen to any of it, mainly because someone is out there live-tweeting the exchange or writing a recap for it. It can’t be an easy program to manage. You’ve got a coach there who would much rather be what are some ways to make money doing literally any part of what defines his job instead what are some ways to make money of giving broad based non-answers. And that’s not a knock on the coaches. It’s a tough thing to do during a hectic week what are some ways to make money of preparing for alabama, amidst a player getting into trouble literally minutes before going what are some ways to make money on air, or during a lost season where hope is almost completely what are some ways to make money lost. It’s a part of the job, but it must be a nuisance at the very least. Rod was always tasked with being positive and keeping people what are some ways to make money engaged all while dealing with sweet old ladies and young what are some ways to make money children asking the coach questions like "how do you prepare for alabama?" or "what’s your favorite movie to watch the night before a what are some ways to make money game?" all while hoping to win a gameday program. He did an excellent job of managing what has to what are some ways to make money be an impossibly challenging setup.

How many auburn athletic functions have you attended? I’m talking greater insert city here auburn club-type affairs. Or maybe it’s a fundraiser for FCA. Maybe it’s tigers unlimited related. I’ve been to a few in my time. Typically there are a lot of people there. Sometimes there are even folks there who give a lot what are some ways to make money of money to auburn. But there are always fans there. Being a fan is such a wonderful thing, but if you’re like me, the thought of having a bunch of people come up what are some ways to make money to you to tell you something about you that they what are some ways to make money love, or offer suggestions on your work, or to tell you where they were when you said what are some ways to make money something feels so burdensome. I’m sure it’s flattering, but it has to be exhausting at a point, right? If rod bramblett ever felt that way he sure never what are some ways to make money showed it, and he was at most of these events. Oftentimes serving as an emcee of sorts. And always engaging with the fans. Not only did he never show a sign of fatigue, he seemed to thrive in it.

That’s the first thing I think about when I think what are some ways to make money about rod. How much he felt like he was the luckiest guy what are some ways to make money on earth for having — and living — his dream job. There was not a moment of being the voice of what are some ways to make money the auburn tigers than rod bramblett didn’t appreciate. He never cared about the spotlight, instead often shying away from it in these settings, but just being there, in the thick of something he loved so dearly, was what made the smile on his face seem so what are some ways to make money genuine. He thrived in being part of the auburn experience.

The second thing I think about when I think about what are some ways to make money rod was how long that rain delay against southern miss what are some ways to make money must’ve felt to him this past fall. Or how mind-numbingly frustrating the view in the new press box must’ve been. And how awful it must’ve been to try and generate any momentum in the what are some ways to make money booth of bryant-denny in 2008. Or how he survived the tony barbee era. We talk a lot about his most memorable calls, but think about how many bad sporting events the guy what are some ways to make money had to sit through. And he LOVED IT. How many of us could’ve held it together through the absolute worst of blowouts what are some ways to make money where we had no chance? You think calling a final four or national championship loss what are some ways to make money is hard? Try calling texas A&M 63 auburn 21, georgia 38 auburn 0, and alabama 49 auburn 0 all in the same month. Rod did it, and always pushed us to stay engaged and hang in what are some ways to make money there, hoping brighter days were ahead.

So with the benefit of hindsight, truly there was no one better to take over the what are some ways to make money mic for a legend, and introduce us to the very best auburn had to what are some ways to make money offer. Rod took over a seemingly impossible job, made harder by a mismanaged offense in 2003 that couldn’t muster a touchdown until the 3rd week of the what are some ways to make money season, where he finally was able to deliver the his tribute what are some ways to make money to jim fyffe. He was able to deliver the first of many memorable what are some ways to make money calls to end the season, as carnell williams took a draw 80 yards to the what are some ways to make money house on the first play from scrimmage against alabama.

Rod was able to have a definitive, memorable season under his belt the following year in 2004, which felt like a rite of passage for an auburn what are some ways to make money announcer, much like fyffe’s incredible season of 1993. Then, in 2010, he was able to call the season he as a what are some ways to make money fan and alumnus, like all of us, had waited for. Thinking back to his call of phillip lutzenkirchen’s catch against alabama, now knowing both are gone from this earth too soon, is so hard right now, but also something worth being cherished. And with all due respect to gary sanders’ call of "punt bama punt" and all of fyffe’s collection of memorable calls, rod was the voice of the two greatest calls in what are some ways to make money auburn sports history, the latter being the greatest in the history of college what are some ways to make money football. His love for auburn in that moment was a reflection what are some ways to make money of how we all felt. I like to think after the season prior, when he had to serve as a voice of hope what are some ways to make money for all of us, that in the moment he screams "THERE GOES DAVIS!", his hope was well founded, and the inflection in his voice was confirmation of just what are some ways to make money that.

Rod will always be remembered for the kick 6, and justifiably so. But personally I’ll cherish turning the lights out in athens, georgia, number 1 falling for the second time in 3 weeks, and the countless "NIGHT NIGHT!" moments of the basketball team’s run to the final four just as much as what are some ways to make money that iconic call that so many are remembering him by what are some ways to make money today. I’ll cherish them because rod bramblett’s excitement over each of them was representative of something what are some ways to make money we have in common, a lifetime of loving this place through every circumstance. And that’s what I’ll miss most about his radio calls. He took a jim fyffe thing in "touchdown auburn!" and made it an AUBURN thing.

Rod bramblett was a link to auburn’s past that we all heard with every broadcast. He was a good man, who by all accounts given since his passing, loved his god, his wife, and his children with all of his heart. Rod loved auburn. Not just the place, but the people, and did so actively with a smile on his face what are some ways to make money in every room he was in. He was the best of us, an ambassador for something that isn’t just fandom, but a part of our identity. I’m so proud to share auburn with him.

I last saw rod at the final four in the what are some ways to make money hotel lobby of the team hotel as he waited patiently what are some ways to make money to load the bus to carry he and the team what are some ways to make money to the stadium. I didn’t speak because I thought I’d have a chance to at a less busy time. All I could think about was how if that were what are some ways to make money me I would be so impatient dealing with literally hundreds what are some ways to make money of people lining that sidewalk in orange and blue, making it harder for me to go do my job. He was beaming from ear to ear talking with sonny what are some ways to make money smith. He could not have been happier. I should’ve stopped and spoken.

I’m not a basketball player. I can’t shoot to save my life. But there’s a DVD hidden in a drawer in my house what are some ways to make money of a scrimmage between a bunch of old men who what are some ways to make money give a lot of money to auburn athletics and the what are some ways to make money son of one of those men, where that son didn’t score a point, but proudly had 3 fouls in a span of 6 what are some ways to make money minutes at bruce pearl’s fantasy basketball camp. As bruce so eloquently put it, it wasn’t his personal fantasy, and rightfully so. But rod bramblett was there. Rod called that game. He did so with the kind of tongue-in-cheek fun with bruce pearl as his color commentator that what are some ways to make money I get to cherish as the only time rod bramblett what are some ways to make money got to call something where I’m in it. Rod was there, because of course he was. I think I’m ready to watch it and relive that game, because rod bramblett got to call my pitiful performance against what are some ways to make money men twice my age. I’m forever honored.

I grieve for the bramblett children, and I grieve for the person in that other car. As much as all of what rod did for auburn what are some ways to make money matters to each of us, there are two children without parents today and another life what are some ways to make money that is forever altered. I pray no one reading this can fathom what that what are some ways to make money is like. No amount of money can get them back, but it can assist in what is going to be what are some ways to make money an incredibly difficult road ahead. No matter how much money has been raised, I can promise you there is still a need. If you feel compelled, please consider being part of honoring rod and paula bramblett’s memory by contributing to their memorial fund.

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