Imagine attending every one of your favorite school’s home football games over a 65-year period.
James Wyatt “Jim” Brown Jr., a World War II veteran and Lexington businessman died at the age of 97 on Monday as written by Karla Ward of the Lexington Herald-Leader. On top of the devotion Brown showed his country, he also showed it to Kentucky football.
Brown never failed to attend a Wildcats home game from 1945-2009, which comes out to an incredible 412 straight games. Brown’s streak started the year before Paul “Bear” Bryant began his 8-year tenure as Kentucky’s head coach and promptly after the war.
In fact, as Ward pointed out, his commitment to protecting his country was the only thing that interrupted a run that would’ve stretched even further back to 1938. However, it was in 1944 that he served as navigator and bombardier with the 490th U.S. Army Air Corps Bomb Squadron.
The unit came to be known as the “Burma Bridge Busters,” and a History Channel documentary about the group can be seen here, courtesy of dailymotion.com.