How is Deceased Alabama Fan’s Attendance at 781 Games Not a Record?

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One of the greatest fan-related streaks that you will find in all of sports will come to an end this fall after news emerged that 91 year old Dick Coffee has passed away.

Coffee is a legend and he has been cited in the past as one of the greatest fans of all-time. His streak speaks for itself, nobody has shown the passion and loyalty that he has. With Coffee’s death comes an unfortunate conclusion to one of the greatest fan attendance streaks ever.

Coffee attended 781 consecutive Alabama Crimson Tide football games, including this past season’s National Championship win over Notre Dame. Coffee has been in attendance for each game since 1946, and that includes 51 bowls and 65 Iron Bowls. I’d say that’s quite the streak — there’s simply no more diehard fan than what Coffee was to Alabama.

Ironically enough, this streak isn’t even the longest of all-time — although it’s still very impressive. Giles Pellerin, a fan of the USC Trojans, attended 797 consecutive games from 1926 to 1998. What’s even stranger is that Pellerin was also 91 years old at the time of his death. He suffered cardiac arrest in the parking lot of the 1998 Rose Bowl.

Alabama will be unable to replace a fan like Coffee, but it’s a great thing in which he got to see the Crimson Tide go out on top with a BCS National Championship.

The Crimson Tide will look to defend their title without one of their biggest fans here in 2013.

 

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