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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Like father, like son. David Lyon is 91-years-old and played for the Auburn Tigers beginning in 1940 as a running back.

"They had me listed as 176 pounds," said Lyon.

Son Dave Lyon, Junior, suited up for Auburn as the team's safety for 4 years starting in 1969.

They are two generations with a unique perspective on the Iron Bowl.Mr. Lyon never played in the annual match-up because Bama and Auburn stopped playing each other after the 1907 season and didn't resume their rivalry until 1948. There was apparently too much tension at the time.

"We all liked Alabama. We never hated Alabama," said Lyon, Sr.

Dave Lyon was part of four Iron Bowls. He says there was hype but nowhere near what we see today.

"It was more like a little family fight but nothing like today," said Lyon.

This weekend Auburn University will honor David Lyon, Sr., sometime during the first half, not just because he's one of the oldest living members who played on the Plains, but as a veteran, too. Lyon served in World War II for three years.

"I don't think I deserve any recognition at all. I don't value my playing time all that much," said Mr. Lyon.

While father and son played for Auburn, the rest of the family, four generations deep attended Auburn University. You could say they kept it 'All in the Family' beginning with David Lyon, Sr., 73 years ago.

A footnote on the Iron Bowl. Alabama leads the series between the two schools with a record of 42-34-1.

The Iron Bowl got its name from Birmingham's role in the steel industry, a city where the Iron Bowl was played for many years until 2000.

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