Inside Auburn: The War Eagle Tradition

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago December 06, 2013 Dec 6, 2013 Friday, December 06 2013 Friday, December 06, 2013 6:53:00 PM CST in News
By: William Joy, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

AUBURN - This week we took a look at Auburn, the city, the school, and one of its most famous traditions that almost goes back to the Civil War and can be summed up in two simple words.

War Eagle.

Nova is one of the current War Eagles for Auburn, a role he shares with a Bald Eagle named Spirit. Born in capitivity, Nova is now 13 years old and he takes turns with Spirit flying around the stadium before kickoff.

There are many version on how the legend started, but the trainers at Auburn's Raptor Rehabilitation Center says there's one that has the most support.

"War Eagle I happened in 1892 when there was an eagle accompanying Civil War veteran at a football game," Marianne Hudson, Assistant Director of Raptor Training said. "At that particular game, the eagle broke free from his grasp and started to soar around the field causing the crowd to shout, ‘look it's the war eagle, the war eagle'. All that screaming and yelling got our team excited and ending in our victory so ever since then, we've had an eagle associated, off and on, with Auburn University."

"It gives me chills every time," Allie Plemons, an Auburn student said. "It's just cool to see, because there's two different ones, and it's just so exciting to see it hit the field and everybody get so excited."

The Raptor Center says it's random which eagle they pick for to fly around the stadium for games.

"We decide which bird we're going to fly based on how their acting that day and also we like to give each of the birds a chance to fly before the game," Hudson said.

The Raptor Center says it trains the birds in increasing distances, and then they do thousands of training runs each season.

 

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City residents will vote in August on whether to raise the city's minimum wage... More >>
1 hour ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Chrystal Sadler never imagined she'd be where she is today. "My mom told me at 15 I'd... More >>
2 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 4:08:08 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is accelerating the process to build the first new middle school in... More >>
2 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 3:23:00 PM CST in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Up to 140 J.C. Penney stores across the country will close, the chain announced Friday. The... More >>
3 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 2:52:00 PM CST in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the third time since 2009, a St. Louis family is dealing with the loss of... More >>
3 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 2:51:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Federal investigators have ruled that the fire that destroyed a suburban St. Louis country club... More >>
3 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 2:40:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri has approved more than $54,000 for remodeling the Capitol office of new Lt. Gov. Mike... More >>
4 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 1:17:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Tax-filing season is in full swing and some want to take advantage of it. The Internal Revenue Service... More >>
6 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 12:04:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed two former Missouri senators and the new Department of Revenue director... More >>
6 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 11:46:08 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A streetcar that will operate in the Loop area of St. Louis and adjoining University City... More >>
10 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 7:49:51 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - When someone overdoses on heroin or another opioid, the drug slows down their central nervous system until they... More >>
12 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 6:02:00 AM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A Moberly woman was charged Tuesday in Boone County for abusing a 12-year-old Columbia boy. Stacey Robertson,... More >>
19 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:23:00 PM CST in News
MONITEAU COUNTY – The Moniteau County Sheriff's Office arrested 10 people during a drug bust Wednesday. The sheriff's office... More >>
21 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:19:00 PM CST in News
WENTZVILLE (AP) — Police in the east ern Missouri to wn of Wentzville are investigating after a woman working inside... More >>
22 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:23:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Plato’s Closet opened a newly renovated store Thursday to give mid-Missouri teens and young adults in poverty affordable,... More >>
23 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:53:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Gov. Eric Greitens plans to put $11 million back into school transportation and $41 million back into home... More >>
23 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:44:00 PM CST in News
NEW FRANKLIN - President Donald Trump reversed President Barack Obama's directive on transgender students being able to use the bathroom... More >>
23 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:36:00 PM CST in News
FULTON - Drive down memory lane to Fulton's Auto World Museum and transport yourself through the decades. Bill Backer,... More >>
1 day ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:07:47 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 40°
7pm 40°
8pm 37°
9pm 35°
10pm 33°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
Grimm
6:00p
Family Guy
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
The Vampire Diaries

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Grimm
8:00p
Emerald City
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Vampire Diaries
8:00p
Reign
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld