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Residents offer rock-solid support for SRU football

December 13, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

Slippery Rock University superfans Don Fairhead and Bob Lutz pose for a portrait in Fairhead's man cave adorned with Slippery Rock University football memorabilia in his home in Slippery Rock on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

The Rock hosts No. 4 Minnesota State at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Division II semifinal football action.

Taking their seats before the action starts as they have for countless football games before will be two longtime and well-known Slippery Rock University football boosters, Don Fairhead and Bob Lutz.

One a former athlete at the university and the other a longtime SRU employee, they have spent decades going to Slippery Rock football games both at home and away.

Lutz is a former worker in the university’s printing services department who started attending games in 1967.

“Tomorrow (Saturday’s game) will be the 525th game that I’ve attended since 1969. I’ve always liked college football,” he said. “I’m right here in town, so I can walk to all the games.”

Lutz said he started in 1967 and 1968 attending home games, but by 1969 he was traveling to all the games.

“College football, I’ve always loved it,” Lutz said. “I remember my father would take me to games at Pitt Stadium on Cardiac Hill.”

This is an excerpt from a larger article that will appear in Sunday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.