Irons Jumping for Joy Over Good News

David Irons had a huge reason to be happy as the Auburn University football Tigers opened preseason drills.

Auburn, Ala.--For senior cornerback David Irons, the opening day of preseason practice for the 2006 season is a day he will never forget.

At Wednesday's practice he got a visit from members of the athletic department's academic staff to give Irons the good news that he passed a summer semester class, the final obstacle he had to clear to earn his college degree.

"I was excited when I found out," Irons tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I proved a lot of people wrong," he says. "A lot of people told me I couldn't do it, but I did. I am going to walk on Monday as a graduate of Auburn University. It is probably the biggest accomplishment of my life."

The son of a former NFL player, David Irons, Sr., David, Jr. almost died as an infant due to an allergic reaction to soy milk. David Sr. says that because of the near-death experience, his son has a learning disability that has made it more difficult for him to be successful academically.

"The most important thing for our family is that he graduated," his father says. "If people knew how hard he worked to get to this degree they would be amazed."

Will Muschamp, the defensive coordinator and secondary coach, says he was thrilled to get the good news on Wednesday.

"David Irons is a graduate of Auburn," Muschamp says. "It is a great story about a great kid. It just proves if you put your mind to it, you can get it done. He is a great kid who comes from a great family."

The Auburn senior says, "I told my dad and he was happy and he was so excited he was yelling. I told my mom and my sister and they are really happy, too."

David's younger brother, tailback Kenny Irons, is scheduled to graduate in December.

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