Auburn's first national championship in school history could have been a bittersweet moment for Ravens left guard Ben Grubbs.
Grubbs was a member of the 2004 Tigers squad that went 13-0 but was left out of the national title game because USC and Oklahoma finished ahead of Auburn in the final BCS rankings.
But Grubbs sounded just as happy for Auburn's win Monday night as he might have been if the 2004 team had won the national championship.
"That's the way things worked out for us," Grubbs said without a hint of regret. "Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to go, but that's in the past. I'm happy for the boys. They earned it, they deserved it, and hopefully, they'll enjoy this for another year."Making a claim to be the best in the country was a significant achievement for the Tigers, who – along with Alabama – tend to dominate headlines and newscasts in the Yellowhammer State.
"In Alabama, all it is, is pretty much college football," Grubbs said. "You don't have any professional teams, so all the fans put all of their energy into Auburn and Alabama football. This year, Auburn has been doing really, really well. So I guess the whole state was pretty much pulling for the Auburn Tigers. For us to be in the championship, you really can't put into words what that means for the state. And to actually win it, it's indescribeable. I'm happy for the boys."
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