AUSTIN (KXAN) — For the last 41 years, an Austin man hasn’t missed a single University of Texas at Austin football game.
Scott Wilson, 67, started his streak in 1977, five years after graduating UT and 19 years after his first game at the age of 7.
“I didn’t know when I was 26 that people would be asking me about it when I’m 67,” Wilson laughed.
He still has relics from the start of his run hanging around his north Austin home, which he moved into the week before the first game in the streak. The house is a tribute, a constantly-growing museum of his decades of fandom. His walls are lined with game posters, team rosters, ticket stubs, and flags from his time in Longhorn band; one entire room is dedicated to baseball caps from UT and other teams he’s collected over the years.
In his office hang two homemade remote-controlled planes, both burnt orange.
“Early drones is what they are,” he said. “They’re like flying saucers, and the first game that the guys ever flew it over, we were playing [the University of] Oklahoma.” On the bottom of the circular plane, visible to anyone looking up, he and his friends wrote “O.U. Sux.”
Wilson celebrated his 500th straight football game, both home and away, in September, and Tuesday will mark his 512th when he finds his seat at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. “People will come up to me still, they’ll come up and say, ‘Well, are you going to the Sugar Bowl?” he said. “And I’ll say, ‘They’re playing, aren’t they?'”
Born in September of 1951, during Texas at Purdue, one could say the Longhorns have been a part of his life from the start. (Texas won that game 14-0, by the way.) He started going to games after he left school with a graduate degree and moved back to Austin and simply never stopped.
“Twenty-five years ago I started realizing, started thinking, you know, not everybody does what I do,” he said. “And then probably about 15 years ago I started thinking, nobody else does what I do.”
Retired now, the former lawyer nearly missed a couple games in recent years, once because of bad weather that canceled a flight, and once because of a bad driver in north Texas. He and a friend were driving up to Kansas together, and another car hit them from behind, totaling Wilson’s truck.
“We got the car towed to a place and then rented a car and kept going to Kansas.”
And it’s not just football. Wilson has been to 1,175 straight UT baseball games and follows other teams around the country, too, including volleyball, golf, and track. He goes to everything he can, he said, and has been to 40 different states to watch various Texas teams compete.
“People ask me, ‘Why do you go every time?'” he said. “I say, ‘Well, I don’t go do all these fancy vacations like you; I go to ballgames.'”
Tuesday will be the 39th consecutive UT bowl game Wilson has attended, and he’s not planning on stopping before No. 513 next fall. “[If] I’m still breathing, I’ll be there at that game.”
“That’s what I’ve always done for 40 years, you know. I’ve been there. And I’ll be there.”