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No Other Mustang Fan Like Him

October 19, 2009

Paul Layne
Paul Layne in 1976

Paul Layne (’76) holds an unrivaled Mustang athletics record. He has attended every Mustang football game for the last 36 years – 386 games ranging from Tokyo to Reno to Austin.

For his unbridled loyalty, the SMU Lettermen’s Association presented him with an honorary letter in September preceding the opening game of the season, his 382nd game. Other honorary lettermen include Lamar Hunt, Bob Hope, Gerald Ford and Lawrence Herkimer.

The former SMU cheerleader attended his first Mustang football game at age 2 and once attended a game dressed in a Halloween costume to disguise his case of adult onset chicken pox.

“I’ve had some close calls flying stand-by,” says Layne, now a Dallas real estate agent with Ebby Halliday. “But I’ve always made it in time for the game.”

A season ticket holder and Mustang Club member since 1976, Layne attends home games with a group of 34 other Mustang fans.

“On Saturday afternoons in the fall, I can’t imagine being anywhere except an SMU football game,” he says.

Related Link:
The Dallas Morning News: In good times and bad, SMU superfan always in the stands

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