Auburn alum and former athletic department staffer Buddy Davidson attended his 700th consecutive game, and the 60-year streak may be about to come to an end.
The former Auburn sports information director and assistant athletic director was honored before the 12th-ranked Tigers’ game Saturday against Mississippi. Davidson hasn’t missed an Auburn game since his first on Nov. 2, 1957 against Florida when he was a freshman student manager for the team.
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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn called Davidson “one of the all-time Auburn greats.”
“He has meant a lot to Auburn for a really long period of time, really devoted his life to Auburn,” Malzahn said. “I think that (streak) is very impressive.”
Wife Fran Davidson takes him to road games within driving distance and son Rick goes with him when a flight is required.
Davidson was Auburn’s sports information director from 1964-81 after serving as sports editor and managing editor of the school newspaper, The Plainsman. He was an assistant athletic director from 1981 until his retirement in 2007, handling administrative duties like travel for the football team.
Davidson has indicated the Missouri game on Sept. 23 would be his last on the road. But Fran Davidson wouldn’t be surprised if they end up packing their bags Friday for next week’s LSU game.
If not, “It’ll be a sad day,” she said. “It really will be, to see him sitting home watching it on TV.”
Davidson and Fran have been married for more than 16 years but they’ve been together since meeting in 1988.
“It’s been a really delightful journey,” she said, “and I would do it all over again.”