WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - There's no doubt that the West Monroe Rebels are stars on the gridiron, but those young men are proving to be just as great off the field.
Credit: Ashley Sims
A group of Rebels surprised their number one fan on Sunday.
Ashley Sims says her grandmother Nina Blazier is in hospice care, and she’s also West Monroe football’s number one fan. Sim turned to Facebook, trying to find a football player to visit this special fan. She didn’t get just one; eleven football players came to Bazier's bedside, including senior Victor Cutler.
"People said she hasn’t been out of the nursing home for a while so I was like 'Now I know I have to go. That would make her day,'" he recalls.
Cutler was right; it did make her day.
"I just didn’t know what to say," Blazier says of the surprise.
Not only is she their number one fan, but she's also the oldest. Nina's husband John Blazier played tackle on the first ever West Monroe football team from 1953-1954. Even though she can’t go to the games anymore, she still listens to every game to carry on his memory
"Because I love him,” she explains. “I was so happy for him when he played because he wouldn’t miss a game. We wouldn’t miss nothing."
Now Nina's part of the team. She has her own West Monroe football gear. The players gave her a championship shirt and her most prized possession: a signed football helmet
"I held on to it all evening till they took it away from me. They had to unglue it out of my hands," Blazier laughs.
She'll be hanging onto that helmet all weekend as the Rebels compete for a state championship. Nina says she wants them to hear her cheers all the way in New Orleans.
"GO, GO, GO, GO!" she cheers.
The Rebels' next game is against Zachary on Saturday night at 7 o'clock at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Players say they hope they can bring home the big trophy to make Nina proud.