1892 - This painting of a laced canvas jacket-jersey honors the first season of Auburn football. The team played one game in February 1892 (a win over Georgia) and three in November (a win and two losses). The coach was George Petrie, who only coached this one year and the captain was Frank Lupton.
John W. Heisman, father of the forward pass, originator of the hidden ball play, and the man for whom the Heisman Memorial Trophy was named, officially won twelve games, lost four, and tied two as Auburn's football coach from 1895 through 1899. In 1971, Tiger quarterback Pat Sullivan became the first player from an Alabama school to win the Heisman Trophy. Auburn tailback Bo Jackson became the state's second Heisman winner in 1985.
Auburn students promised to get "Tech's goat" at a rally in Atlanta before the 1911 football game. Mike Donahue's lads didn't let them down, defeating John Heisman's team 11-6. Kirk Newell returned a punt 80 yards, and end Ted Arnold intercepted a pass and ran 105 yards for Auburn's two five-point touchdowns. The field was 110 yards long in those days. John Heisman was Auburn's football coach from 1895-1899, but left to later become Georgia Tech's football coach in 1904.