Paul Morrison: The Drake Super Fan Attending His 700th Football Game Saturday

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Paul Morrison has just about seen it all when it comes to Drake University Athletics.

"I went on the Drake payroll December 15, 1945," he said.

Though he retired in 1986, that was just the beginning of his legacy at Drake; he was in his office the very next day after retiring, ready to volunteer four days a week as the athletics historian. That's 70 years and counting of service for Morrison at Drake - an achievement earning him the title, "Mr. Drake."

"That's a compliment, I guess," he said. "You know, when you've been around a thousand years, they do nice things for you."

At 98-years-old, he's one of fourteen in the Morrison family to earn a degree from Drake University. He's attended 78 runnings of the Drake Relays, and Saturday will mark his 700th football game.

"I've been lucky, I've been lucky in my estimation," he said. "I like Drake, and I like people, and that's a good combination."

To put that into perspective, Morrison has attended 700 out of 1,127 Drake football games after Saturday's. And with so many games to remember, he says it's hard to pick out one highlight.

"I think one of my best memories was a victory at Iowa State, I think we beat them 35-20," he said.

Today, he's still in his tiny office, filing history away.

"I've got an expression that you make history every day, but you don't always record it," he said. "So I've been trying to catch up on a lot of Drake history."

Tomorrow, he'll be in the stands of Drake Stadium, watching history happen, as he's done for so many years.

"It's a labor of love as I describe it, that's the only way to describe it."

Paul Morrison



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