Stanley Weber (Tiffin, OH) -- who is 89 years young -- was in the stands at Notre Dame Stadium yesterday for the 399th football game in his life-time! He has every single ticket stub from those 399 games...
That's Stanley on the left with his great-nephew Joe Fretz. Joe and Stanley make the three-hour drive from Tiffin to Notre Dame -- every home game Saturday morning. Stanley and Joe's season tickets are in the front row of Section 1 -- on the east side of the TUNNEL entrance. My wife Susan and I sit a row behind them...
Stanley has missed only one home football game since the 1950 season because he was hospitalized with an aneuyrsm. The game -- Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech in 1975 when some walk-on named "Rudy" sacked a QB.
His first game at Notre Dame Stadium -- was November 22, 1941. Frank Leahy was in his first year coaching the IRISH and Stanley saw Notre Dame beat USC 20 - 18. The Irish went undefeated that season.
Ironically, Stanley's 400th game in Notre Dame Stadium will be October 19th against USC!
Stanley and his wife Anna are the proud parents of Tom Weber, a member of Notre Dame's Class of 1966. Anna stopped coming to games with Stanley eight years ago because she didn't like the long walk "up and down the steps" to and from their seats. They have been married 70 years!
This man has had a "front row seat" to college football history -- imagine the stories he can tell. I'm looking forward to shaking Stanley's hand and asking to have my picture taken with him at game #400. Pretty incredible.