Auburn, Alabama put aside rivalry on anniversary of 2011 tornado

Updated: Apr. 27, 2019 at 6:56 PM CDT
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BEAUREGARD, AL (WSFA) - Saturday morning Auburn and Alabama set aside their rivalry and came together for one common goal - to help Lee County recover after the devastating March tornado.

“You have Alabama and Auburn here together. The fiercest rivalry in college football for sure,” one person said.

Some familiar faces seen in Lee County on Saturday included former Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik.

“Everybody is here to serve this community who’s been devastated and this is just a great example of how sports bring people together,” said Chizik.

Athletes and coaches from both universities are working together to rebuild a community in need.

Just last month, an EF-4 tornado tore through Lee County.

“Just being able to come out here and help give back to people that give us so much every day in and out all these people are working people and then on Saturday they come out and cheer us on so I mean they’re no more busy than we are,” said Auburn football player Derrick Brown.

“We’re just coming to return the favor, help the community out and just do everything we can, because no matter how big the rivalry is, you know we’re all Alabama,” said Alabama football player Chris Owens.

The workday comes on the anniversary of the 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado.

“I think anytime you can get together for a cause like this is really something special and I know in the past, the tornado in 2011, we did the same thing,” said current Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn.

Guys from both teams were out pre-building walls for three homes that will be built next week.

“I’ve never really built a wall before. I’ve built some things, but never built a wall so it’s definitely interesting - a learning experience,” said Owens.

The homes will that will be built next week are a part of a project being led by Cornerstone of EAMC.

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