By Robert Hydrick - bio | email
AUBURN, AL (WALB) - The chance to win a national championship is one reason why Albany's Aairon Savage returned for a sixth season of football at Auburn.Auburn defensive back Aairon Savage is focused on beating Oregon in the BCS national championship game.
Unfortunately the former Westover High star will be a cheerleader on the sideline Monday night when Auburn faces Oregon in the BCS national title game after suffering a season ending injury for a third straight year.
Even though he will have to watch from the sidelines after suffering a broken bone in his ankle in mid-October.
Aairon Savage said. "It is not about me. It is about getting this victory for Auburn and getting the guys ready to play. Injuries are a part of it. We just have to keep rolling."
Injuries have derailed what was once a promising football career for Aairon Savage.
The Westover High star had missed all of the previous two seasons with knee and ankle injuries.
Savage said. "Sometimes I wondered you know what is going on and why me. All in all the good outweighs the bad. Football has been very good to me. I can only smile and keep going from that."
Aairon Savage can also smile with the fact he is leaving Auburn with an undergraduate and masters degrees.
Savage said. "My brain wasn't hurt. I was still able to get my education. I got my undergrad and still had time left so I went ahead and pursued my Masters'.
After Monday's BCS national title game, Aairon will pursue a coaching career.
He has gotten a head start in helping his teammates prepare for the Oregon offense.
Savage said. "Down the stretch I have been just trying to motivate the guys. It is a long stretch from the last game which was the SEC championship to the national championship game. I am just trying to motivate the guys and keep them upbeat. That is the main thing because we are trying to get the "W" on the 10th."
No matter what the score, Albany's Aairon Savage has proven to be a winner on the field and in the classroom at Auburn.
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