Oct. 6, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department in conjunction with Oscar Mayer is pleased to announce John Doyle of Cuba City, Wis., as today's Wisconsin Football Season Ticket Holder of the Game.
John attended his first game in 1956, when he was a senior in high school. He remembers watching many Wisconsin born players competing on the gridiron and fell in love with the Badgers. That love for the Badgers led John to securing season tickets in 1968. This season now marks his 44th straight year with season tickets.
When Barry Alvarez was hired to lead the Wisconsin Football program, John was in attendance at the press conference to listen as the future Hall of Fame coach was introduced. He knew right then that this was a special coach and was excited about the future of the program.
When then-Director of Athletics Pat Richter called up John days later to encourage him to up his season tickets from two to eight, it was an easy sell. John eagerly purchased 10 the year after, then 12 the year after that. At one point, he went all the way up to having 26 season tickets to his name which he would commonly give out to friends and family so others could experience the excitement he felt every game.
John served in the Marine Corps and is now a retired principal form Cuba City. He currently attends games with his wife and close friends; usually former teachers from his district. Every gameday he celebrates the joy of being a "Badger."
His favorite all-time Badger is former running back Cecil Martin who John feels epitomized everything that is good about Wisconsin Athletics. John enjoyed Cecil was unselfish attitude, work ethic and heart. John was fortunate enough to meet Cecil at a couple of local events and admired the way he carried himself off the field.
As part of being named the Season Ticket Holder of the Game, John will receive a reserved parking space and tailgate spread courtesy of Oscar Mayer. In addition he will be recognized on the field during today's game vs. Illinois.
The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is pleased to join Oscar Mayer in saluting John Doyle as this week's Season Ticket Holder of the Game.