NFL and Auburn Football Alumni Inspire Russell County Football Team


The COVID-19 pandemic has made summer conditioning tough for high school football teams, so Russell County Head Coach Mark Rose decided to bring over two of his former Auburn University teammates to inspire his athletes.

“You can fight off this virus by taking care of yourself,” said former Auburn Defensive End Robert “Pig” Goff. “Doing the little things and the social distancing. Use your ears and show some discernment.”

Goff and Running Back Alvin Mitchell stopped by Russell County to share some life lessons. Rule number one, respect the coach, like the Auburn great, Pat Dye.

“Discipline builds character. The things he said to me in tough times and difficult times it lasts me for a lifetime,” said Goff. “When he died my legs got weak. I almost passed out.”

Goff played 10 seasons in the NFL, getting drafted by the Buccaneers in 1988 and spending six seasons with the Saints.

“I didn’t start a game at Auburn and played ten years in the league,” said Goff. “I could have been a riff raff and said, ‘Hey coach, I’m better than this dude.’ No, I am not bigger than the team.”

Mitchell played linebacker at Auburn and switched to running back for one season with the Buccaneers. He preached if you want to be the best, you have to practice the best.

“Don’t tell me you want to be a pro football player and you’re not putting the time in,” said Mitchell. “Got to put state work in. It doesn’t start when you get to state. It starts now.”

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