Crimson Tide Fan Dick Coffee Of Birmingham Is No. 1 On ESPN.com’s List Of College Football Superfans
November 27, 2011 by staff
Crimson Tide Fan Dick Coffee Of Birmingham Is No. 1 On ESPN.com’s List Of College Football Superfans, Alabama is No. 1 again. This time, it’s Crimson Tide fan Dick Coffee, whom ESPN.com has ranked the No. 1 college football superfan in America. Coffee, who lives in Birmingham, hasn’t missed a Bama football game since 1946, a streak that stands at 741 games and counting.
“Dick Coffee certainly isn’t the only person following the Crimson Tide to each away game in the fall,” Jim Weber wrote in a story that appears on the ESPN website. “He is, however, the only person who’s been doing it for every single game since 1946.”
Three other Tide fans made ESPN.com’s Top 20:
Tony Brandino, No. 5, who attended 500 straight games from 1954 to 1997 until a case of the flu stopped his streak.
Freeman Reese, No. 8, who, along with his wife, Betty, missed their daughter’s wedding to attend an Alabama-Tennessee game — although they did make it to the reception.
Nathan Davis, No. 15, whose body is a tattooed shrine to Alabama football, include a mural of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant leaning against a goal post that covers his entire back.
Fans from five other SEC schools also made the list, including Florida (George Edmondson, No. 2), Ole Miss (Mitch Lavinghouze, No. 6), Vanderbilt (Lance Smith, No. 10), Kentucky (Jim Brown, No. 14), and two from Georgia (Dwayne Gilbert, No. 7, and Mike Woods, No. 16).
The 88-year-old Coffee said Friday he’s looking forward to continuing his streak when Alabama kicks off its 2010 season against San Jose State in two weeks.
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