Before Auburn’s Chris Davis etched himself into Iron Bowl lore last year, perhaps no hero from either side was as celebrated for coming up big in the rivalry game as Alabama kicker Van Tiffin.
Lost Lettermen reports that Tiffin was the man of the hour of the 1985 Iron Bowl, hitting a 52-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Tide a 25-23 victory. It became known simply as, “The Kick.”
He also holds the school record for longest field goal with a 57-yarder against Texas A&M earlier that season, and held the record for most extra points — 135 — before his son, Leigh, broke it by one in 2009.
Yes, the Tiffins are an Alabama kicking dynasty. But off the field, they’re something of an RV dynasty. Van is the research and development manager of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc., the family’s multigenerational motorhome manufacturing company based in Red Bay, Ala.
He works alongside his dad and founder, Bob, and his brothers, Tim and Lex. He and his wife reside in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
To view a video of Tiffin’s legendary kick click here.