Legare Hairston

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Lucy Hairston
Auburn Tigers
Career history
CollegeAuburn (1913–1916)
Personal information
Born:(1892-11-19)November 19, 1892
Crawford, Mississippi
Died:January, 1980
Crawford, Mississippi
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • SIAA championship (1913, 1914)

Legare "Lucy" Hairston (November 19, 1892 – January 1980) was an American football player for Mike Donahue's Auburn Tigers of Auburn University. One writer claims "Auburn had a lot of great football teams, but there may not have been one greater than the 1913-1914 team."[1] One story of the origin of the school's "War Eagle" started with Hairston,[2] the starting quarterback during the Carlisle–Auburn game in 1914.[3][4]

In the 1916 game against Georgia,[5] Moon Ducote kicked a 40-yard field goal off of Hairston's football helmet in the fourth quarter and in the mud, which proved the only points in the 3–0 Auburn victory.[6] The maneuver prompted a rule that stated the ball must be kicked directly off the ground.[7]


  1. ^ Ethan Brady. "Auburn's 1913 Undefeated Team" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Traditions".
  3. ^ Michael Skotnicki (August 12, 2014). "Auburn's Best Defense Ever Led the 1914 Tigers to an Undefeated Season Now Recognized as a National Championship".
  4. ^ Bryan Matthews (January 31, 2014). "Recognizing the champions".
  5. ^ Auburn and Alabama Flirt With Renewed Relationship, The Miami News, December 25, 1928.
  6. ^ "Prominent Sport Writer Selects Football Heroes". Columbus Daily Enquirer. December 10, 1916.
  7. ^ Loyola Director, Dick Ducote, Dies, The Milwaukee Journal, March 26, 1937.