Randy Morgan attended first Auburn/Alabama game at age 7
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Randy Morgan donned in Auburn attire. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Randy Morgan donned in Auburn attire. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Randy Morgan almost didn’t have a choice of whether he wanted to be an Auburn fan or an Alabama fan. His father attended Auburn University until he had to go into the Army. Both his parents, the late Norris and Katherine (Jordan) Morgan, were lifelong Auburn fans.

He attended his first Auburn/Alabama game in 1958 when he was 7 years old. He’s attended every Auburn/Alabama game since then, with the exception of three. The first one he missed was in 1967 and it was because he had strep throat. The next one he missed was in 2002 because his daughter was playing in a basketball game in Florence. The third one he missed because he was afraid Auburn would get beat, and they did. That was in 2012.

“I was born an Auburn fan,” he said. “The first college game I attended was in Atlanta when Georgia Tech played Alabama. My mother carried me. That same year though, my dad carried me to see Auburn play Alabama at Legion Field in Birmingham. Auburn won 14-8.”

That game stands out for Morgan for another reason. Jimmy Pettus, a former Oxford High football star, was playing for Auburn. Morgan’s brother, Mickey, played for Piedmont High, and he and Pettus competed against each other in several games. Pettus is deceased. Mickey is an Auburn fan and lives in Birmingham. He’s retired after a 50-year career preaching in First United Methodist churches.

Morgan and his wife, the former Judy Roberts, attended the Bowl Championship Series three years ago in Phoenix. They were elated to be present when Auburn cinched their second national championship.

They also saw Auburn defeat Alabama in this year’s Iron Bowl.

“That was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever gone to,” said Morgan. “Before the game, I didn’t think they were going to win, but as the game progressed, I felt real good about it. But I never thought they would win the way they did.”

He said probably the most exciting game was in 1989 when Auburn won 30-20. That was the first Alabama/Auburn game ever played in Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The most disappointing game, he said, was in 1985 at Legion Field. Auburn had a 23-22 lead with almost a minute left. Alabama kicked a field goal and won 25-23.

“It happened right at the last minute,” said Morgan.

Morgan said he’s disappointed in Monday night’s BCS game in Pasadena.

“FSU played a great game, and they’ve got a great team,” he said. “They’re the new national champions. But Auburn still has a fantastic team and I’m looking forward to the upcoming years.”

Morgan has been an Auburn season ticket holder since he graduated from the school in 1973 with a degree in finance.

Judy graduated form Jacksonville State in 1971. They married in 1972 when he was a junior at Auburn. Judy is retired after overseeing the pre-school at First Baptist Church for 30 years. They have two daughters -- one a JSU graduate and the other an Auburn graduate.

Amanda Morgan received her degree at Auburn and is a charge nurse at Regional Medical Center in Anniston. She and her partner Leslie Morgan live in Jacksonville with their children Miller and Cooper. Leslie teaches in Cedartown.

JSU graduate Jordan Costner teaches sixth grade math at Alexandria Elementary School and is head volleyball coach and assistant girls basketball coach. Her husband, Clay, works at Costner Auto Sales. They are expecting a daughter, Lynley Morgan, on Feb. 21. They live in Alexandria.

Morgan said his family roots for Auburn, JSU, and Piedmont High School, his alma mater. He’s been a member of the Piedmont Booster Club since 1975.

He and Judy are members of First United Methodist Church where he is president of the Methodist Men and serves on the staff parish committee and trustee committee.

As district sales manager for Monsanto, he’s on the road a lot. His territory covers north Alabama, north Georgia and east Tennessee. Morgan said he’s fortunate to be able to reside in the center.

Morgan earned spending money in high school by working summers and weekends at C. L. Morgan and Sons, which was owned by his father, Norris, and uncles Earl and Harry.

The store was located on Center Avenue for about 50 years.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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