The man who was named ESPN’s No. 1 college football fan back in 2010 has passed away at the age of 91. Dick Coffee, who was a huge supporter of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program, died this past Friday in Birmingham. Since 1946, Coffee had attended every Alabama game and his final one was a real treat. Coffee got to witness the Crimson Tide take home their second straight national championship, which is something that everyone dreams of doing.
“He was a great American and a great Alabama fan,” Oakley Melton, a friend of Coffee’s, said, via al.com. “There’s never been anyone greater. He would go if it was raining, snowing, sleeting. Dick Coffee would be there, and his record was unblemished. He went to a game in Nashville where the weather was just unbearable. He didn’t let the weather hold him back.
“He had a full life. He’s going to be missed. I can’t say enough good things about him. He was head of the pep squad. He blew an old bass horn and would go, ‘Toot, toot, toot, toot, toot,’ and all the students would yell, ‘Go!’
In total, Coffee attended 781 consecutive games and 51 consecutive bowl games.
Coffee graduated from Alabama in 1950 and he proudly displayed his allegiance to the team for the remainder of his life. It is that kind of loyalty that makes college football so incredible, and Coffee is just one of the fans who truly represents their team proudly for their entire life.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Coffee family. He was a great man and a great presence that will be missed every Saturday in Tuscaloosa.