Tiger Trail Adding Five More Inductees

Auburn, Ala.--Five former Auburn University athletic stars will be inducted into the Tiger Trail of Auburn Walk of Fame during ceremonies scheduled for Sept. 28th.

Auburn's last four-sport letterman, Erk Russell, and another football star, defensive back Larry Willingham (1967-70), will be joined by women's golf team star Virginia Derby (1985-86), baseball player Willard Nixon and wrestler Dan McNair (1950-53).

Russell, who became a very successful head football coach at Georgia Southern, lettered in football, baseball, basketball and tennis for the Tigers. Willingham was one of Auburn's all-time best defensive players who went on to success in the NFL. Derby, an All-American golfer, later became Auburn women's golf coach and is one of the nation's top amateur golfers. Nixon pitched for the Tigers in 1947-48 and spent nine years as a starting pitcher with the Boston Red Sox before retiring after the 1958 season. McNair was one of the stars of Coach Swede Umbach's highly successful wrestling team that was the dominant program in the Southeast under Umbach's guidance.

The five athletes will be honored at an induction breakfast at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday the 28th. The Auburn football team has a home game against Syracuse that same day.

The Tiger Trail program is administered by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, which installs stars in downtown sidewalks with the name of each inductee. At the annual ceremony, the inductees or their representatives select the spot the star will be located by a random draw of all the remaining spots.

Auburn University athletic director David Housel will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. The breakfast is open to the public and tickets, which are $25, are available at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce office or by calling (334) 887-7011.


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