In today’s world of sports, the term “diehard fan” is often misused. Many sports fans are content with casually supporting their team, and assume that wearing their jersey the day after a win makes them a major supporter.
These same fans typically have trouble naming more than a dozen players on their favorite team’s roster, and are quick to badmouth a team when losing streaks occur.
In a world filled with casual fans and bandwagoners, San Diego State supporter Tom Ables is the epitome of a diehard fan.
A graduate of SDSU, Ables has displayed what it means to truly support your team through thick and thin. Although his team has not always been the most successful program, he never turned his back on his alma mater.
Ables enrolled at SDSU in 1946, and since then has been to over 700 football games and over 1,000 basketball games. He attended his 700th football game in 2010, when SDSU defeated the University of Wyoming, 48-38.
Since 1946, Ables has only missed two Aztec football games. He missed a game in 1952 because of money concerns and one in 1964 because of an illness.
In 1993, Ables became the first non-athlete and non-coach to be elected into the Aztec Hall of Fame. He has also received national recognition, as he was listed as No. 3 in an ESPN story about the top 20 “super fans” before the 2010 season.
For his continued support of SDSU athletics, Tom Ables is this week’s Wednesday Warrior.
Tom Ables interviewed at his 700th Aztec football game