There are college football fans. There are devoted college football fans. There are diehard college football fans. And then, another few notches above that, there was Dick Coffee.
al.com and other outlets reported Friday that Coffee, a Crimson Tide superfan, died this week at the age of 91, bringing an end to a remarkable streak. Coffee had attended the last 781 Alabama games: home and road games including 51 straight Crimson Tide bowl games.
Coffee was in attendance at last January's BCS Championship Game to see Alabama thump Notre Dame, 56 seasons after the streak began at the Tide's 26-7 season-opening win over Furman in 1946 -- Coffee's freshman year at Alabama. Coffee also attended 65 consecutive Iron Bowls.
“He was a great American and a great Alabama fan,” his friend and fellow Alabama fan, Oakley Melton, told al.com. “He would go if it was raining, snowing, sleeting. Dick Coffee would be there, and his record was unblemished."
Per al.com, Coffee's 781 games appears to be the second-longest such streak behind the 797 games attended by USC fan and Guinness record-holder Giles Pellerin. Pellerin's streak ran from 1926 until his death in the Rose Bowl parking lot in 1998.
Coffee was named the nation's No. 1 college football fan in 2010 by ESPN.com.
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