Phil Neel was born in 1927 & grew up in Sumter County in West Alabama - & also served in the navy. Phil worked as a sports artist at the Birmingham Post-Herald for 33 years & at the Birmingham News for one year; he also did freelance work for schools all over the Southeast. He continued his artwork after retiring from his newspaper career.


Phil Neel created Aubie, who first appeared on the Auburn vs. Hardin-Simmons football program cover on October 3, 1959. Aubie continued to appear on the Auburn program covers for 18 years.


Phil Neel passed away on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at the age of 84 after a long battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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