Blair Hall, an Auburn sophomore, knows her Tiger football — inside and out.
She knows who the top recruits are, and can talk to you about their statistics.
“She knows it better than a lot of boys,” said her father, Columbus builder Greg Hall.
And she comes by it honestly.
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On Monday, Blair and Greg will be in the Rose Bowl watching Auburn play Florida State for the national championship. And they will be there because of Blair’s involvement with the athletic program.
Blair, a 2012 Columbus High graduate, is studying sports journalism at Auburn with an eye toward a broadcast job when she graduates. She is also a Tigerette, helping to entertain football prospects when they visit the Auburn campus.
“I have been fortunate to get to work inside the athletic department and inside the football program,” Blair said Friday before she and her dad left for California. “I really can’t put it into words, and it has been such a great time to be involved.”
Greg is proud of his daughter.
“It’s neat as a father to watch her,” Greg said. “If you have a son, you would expect him to be excited about football. But she is so excited, she’s on fire. She knows more about sports and recruiting than anybody I know.”
When Auburn took its winding path to the championship game, Greg said it became surreal.
They attended the SEC championship game in Atlanta, and like every other Tiger fan waited on the Michigan State-Ohio State result.
The Halls are flying to Las Vegas, then driving to Glendale, Calif., today. The trip comes on the heels of a family vacation to Disney World in Orlando that was booked eight months ago.
“At first I thought they were going to be in the Capital One Bowl or the Outback Bowl,” Greg said. “They just kept winning.”
Blair had access to two tickets because of her Tigerette role. There was no doubt they were going to make the trip, though mom, Alicia, and youngest daughter, Grace, will be watching back home.
“I wish we could have gotten everybody out there,” Greg said.
Monday will be a long day for Greg and Blair with an early wake-up call.
The Tigerettes and their male counterparts have been asked to be at the Rose Bowl for Good Morning America at 3 a.m. PDT, nearly 15 hours before kickoff.