Oldest living Auburn, Alabama players share football memories

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(WIAT) — We talked with the oldest living Alabama player and the oldest living Auburn player about their memories of playing football, and their memories of the Iron Bowl. The answer was a little different than you might think.

Seventy five years ago, it might as well be live today. At 96-years-young, Don Salls is the oldest living Alabama football player.

His counterpart is Dave Lyon, the oldest living Auburn player at 93-years-young.

Both men were born and raised in Alabama. Both lettered in 1942. Both played running back and defense. Both left the team to serve in World War II.

The coincidence? Both never played against the other team

This rivalry did not exist for the oldest living players. The Iron Bowl went on hiatus from 1908 to 1947. But that began to change when a guy named Clell Hobson got to Tuscaloosa in 1950.

How times have changed, and the one difference these guys see in the game today. But whether 23 or 93, 169 pounds or 269 pounds, the memories always remain the same.

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