I come from a long line of sports enthusiasts. My parents were always big sports fans, although they followed college much more than professional sports. And not just any college but their beloved Stanford Cardinal (formerly Stanford Indians). What a thrill to go to the 1971 Rose Bowl (Stanford vs. Ohio State) with Mom & Dad – I’m sure they were so excited to watch their team!
The morning of the game, we were lucky enough to have tickets to see the Rose Parade. Sure anyone could go but we actually had bleacher tickets so were able to sit down and watch the floats pass by. Too bad we were behind a light post!
And our favorite hometown (San Jose) boy, Jim Plunkett, was the starting quarterback that day. What a thrill to not just watch the team play, but to see them defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 27-17!
The Stanford Band has always been a kick to watch. So much fun that Dad took some pictures of them.
Even though Dad was a track star in high school and college, he passed on his love of football to his three kids. Looks like little brother gave the sport a whirl!
And while the girls tried our hands at Powder Puff football (thankfully, no pictures have been discovered of that yet), our real claim to fame was cheerleading at the high school games.
My sister Cary, second from left
I don’t think my dad ever played competitive football but he played enough to have a few photos taken on Christmas Day, 1927 when he was almost 11 years old.
So get out the snacks and park yourselves in front of the TV tomorrow. And don’t forget to root for your favorite team. Go Seahawks!