Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Director of Athletics
Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
From the 2001 through 2004 football seasons, he was a standout college running back. His 80-yard touchdown run against Alabama in 2003 is one of the greatest plays in Iron Bowl history. As a first-round NFL draft pick in 2005, he achieved his goal of playing professional football. And, a decade after his final season with the Tigers – Auburn’s 13-0 perfect season in 2004 – he achieved another goal: completing his college degree.
Since his initial recruiting visit, Williams considered Auburn to be an extension of his own family. “I knew in my heart that this was the place where I wanted to attend school,” he said.
When drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005, Williams lacked just a few credit hours to complete his degree in sociology. In the years that followed, he played seven NFL seasons, married Evan Christina ’04 (an English major who he met his freshman year), and recently had a son. And nearly a decade after his final season at Auburn, he returned home to finish what he started.
Williams’ success at Auburn, balancing the academic expectations of a student and the physical demands of an athlete, laid a strong foundation for life and shaped him into the man he is today. His experiences in the classroom and on the field, made possible in large part through generous donor support, provided Carnell with memories of and interactions with thousands of members of the Auburn Family. These memories eventually called him home to fulfill his personal goals for himself — and his family.
Speech Communication, College of Liberal Arts
As a member of the prestigious Talon Society, Babs Anderson epitomizes the Tigers Unlimited spirit. Her love for Auburn and experience working as a student in the Athletics Department help fuel her continued passion for giving. She, like many donors, understands how her charitable giving through Tigers Unlimited serves as an investment in the futures of Auburn’s student-athletes and the success they experience on the field, in the classroom, and in life.
“These days, in the world of college athletics, it’s all about who has the best facilities and who has the best coaches — and I know it takes the support of many donors for Auburn to compete. I always want us to be at a competitive level,” Anderson said.
Donations to Athletics through the Tigers Unlimited Foundation comprise one-third of Athletics’ annual budget and allow Auburn’s athletics programs to continue striving for preeminence through graduating student-athletes, hiring the best coaches, and maintaining top-notch facilities.