“That game changes you forever,” says Leard, who lives in Auburn and is an agent at J. Smith Lanier & Co. “Nothing compares to it. It is the epitome of intensity. Every backyard football game, every high school game you’ve ever played, every workout you’ve ever had leads to that game. It is the pinnacle of football to be involved in it.”There’s always a hero on one sideline or the other that you wouldn’t think would do it. Guys suddenly step to the top and are heroes in this game. And they’ll remember it forever.”