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Do you remember having that once in a lifetime experience as a kid? The thought that THIS has got to be the best thing you will ever experience? My children (mostly my son) had one of those experiences with me a few weeks ago. During our recent family trip to Baton Rouge we stayed at The Cook Hotel & Conference Center at LSU. Our stay was phenomenal! Things only got better when they offered to take us on a tour of LSU Stadium. “Whaaaat?!?!? I’m sorry, did you say tour of LSU Stadium?” But I did, I heard them correctly.
I didn’t tell my children, especially my son who plays little league football. I didn’t want to get them to get excited only to have rain or lightning (it had been raining all week) interfere with our plans. I told my son that morning & believe me, he did not fully absorb the idea until we arrived at LSU Stadium.
Once we arrived at LSU Stadium we were greeted by our tour guide who showed us a 10 minute video in the Bill Lawton Team Room. The video we saw was a preseason recap video, but normally the football players will see a recap video that the students of LSU create ONLY if they won last weeks game. After the video we started out tour & made our way to the Lawton room Hallway where LSU to NFL room. Along with the former LSU Football All-American Player portraits rest on one side of the room, the other side held the names of every LSU player to earn a spot on an NFL Pro Football Team. The room was covered with every NFL team where Former LSU Players have had their chance at making a pro team. Being a huge New Orleans Saints fan, I had to make sure I took a picture of the LSU Players that have worn our precious Black & Gold colors for the New Orleans Saints.
We also to the Lawton Trophy Room where LSU Bowl history rests. In addition to preserving the memory of every bowl game the room also holds their most valuable trophy ever won (and my tour guides favorite), the original 1959 Sugar Bowl Trophy won by top ranked LSU against 12th ranked Clemson Tigers. This game was one of the classic Sugar Bowl games, as LSU won its first ever national championship. The original trophy & Billy Cannon original uniform is encased here as well. Billy Ca
My son’s face lit up as we visited the Jeff Boss Locker Room. In addition to having a few lockers set up as a football player would see it, they also had a mannequin set up wearing the football uniform which made my little boy smile from ear to ear. At this point I felt bad for my husband who was not able to take off of work in time for the tour. My favorite part of this room was that it also holds the name of every LSU Football player that received his degree from the university. It is a great reminder to players that their education is so important.
I have a ton of pictures! If you noticed the 1st picture within the post, that’s a picture of my little boy. As soon as he hit the field, he started running the entire length of the football field. My tour guide & I started laughing and I quickly apologized. She told me: “We have had grown men do the very same thing!” I hope my son remembers that very moment. Maybe one day he will run that same field again, only next time, he might be wearing pads & a helmet. GEAUX Tigers!!