It’s been more than 20 years since Tracy Rocker has stood on the home sideline at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
On Saturday, the former Auburn All-American, and Outland and Lombardi Trophy winner, is back in orange and blue.
Rocker was hired in January to be Auburn’s defensive line coach. After playing for the Tigers from 1985-1988, he had a brief stint in the NFL and coached at five different colleges, including Arkansas and Ole Miss, before returning to the Plains.
“It’s a great moment. I still pinch myself,” Rocker said this week. “I still remember the day I set foot here as a freshman. And now I’m still living the – I don’t know if it’s a dream, but it’s something special. Who knew?”
Rocker is featured on one of several large new murals hung outside Jordan-Hare this week, but he said he preferred not to talk about himself.
“Everyone keeps asking, ‘Are you looking forward to it?'” he said. “It’s not so much me. My deal is, if the players are excited, I’m excited. I know what Tiger Walk is. I know what the spirit and the passion is all about. Tiger Walk has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the spirit of those players and the focus on the game.”