Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 10/17/14
Coffee didn't miss a 'Bama game from 1946-2013. (Photo: ABC 33/40 Birmingham) Some fans, many not actually graduates from the schools that they support, claim to be diehards. Some may attend every home game, or every "big game," but eventually miss the action in person once or twice. Alabama fan Dick Coffee was unlike any other fan. He attended 781 consecutive Alabama Crimson Tide games - home and away - and 51 consecutive bowl games. AL.com reported that Coffee died last week at the age of 91, his last in-person memory of the Tide being their 42-14 walkover against Notre Dame. Coffee's streak began in 1946 when he was a freshman at Alabama and saw the Tide beat Furman 26-7 in the season-opener. Coffee would've seen more Alabama games if he had started school at Alabama when he was 18 and didn't serve in World War II. “He was a great American and a great Alabama fan,” Oakley Melton, who became friends with Coffee in 1946 at Alabama, told AL.com. ...
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