He played with the Tigers from 1965-69, lettering three times, before a knee injury derailed any potential NFL career. He lives in Montgomery now and was kind enough to drive through Auburn to talk with me last week.
Here's how the story starts:
AUBURN, Ala. -- Ron Yarbrough didn’t shy away from contact on a football field. He relished it, in fact.
Hit ’em hard, hit ’em high and tell ’em about it -- that was his philosophy.“And I told them if they came back, they’d get the same thing,” he said with a chuckle. “A little bit worse.”
It’s an attitude that helped the former Columbus High and Auburn standout earn a spot in the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2011.
The other members of that class include Dr. Champ Baker Jr., Claude English, Wendell Barr and Joe Harrell. The ceremony will be held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center on Saturday.“The people who were selected are really outstanding individuals,” Yarbrough said. “And I’m real honored to be associated with all the people that I know of that have already gone into the hall.”