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Thursday, January 6, 2011
Lee Ziemba pays tribute to the Auburn fans

By staff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Auburn’s Lee Ziemba, one of four senior offensive linemen to start every game this season for the Tigers, said it’s almost surreal to think this is his last week as a college football player.

Ziemba has started all 51 games of his college career. The Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Monday night will be his 52nd consecutive start.

Obviously, there are a ton of memories for the Tigers’ All-America left tackle. But he said the Auburn fans are what he will remember most.

During the good times and bad times.

“It’s a family, a small town in Southeast Alabama, and most of the fans went to school there and graduated,” said Ziemba, who’s from Rogers, Ark. “You have a close-knit family that is diehard about its football. You want to thank them for their love and support.

“They’re the type of fans that stick with you through the 5-7 seasons, through the rough years, through the times when you’re jumping offsides too many times. They’re always with you. They’re going to love you whether you’re on top or on the bottom.

"That’s Auburn.”