Think you know football? If so, you need to meet Bea Hendrix, because she might just know even more.
Hendrix is an 88 year-old Idaho great-grandmother, and according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, she has been following the pigskin since she was a little girl in the 1930s.
“I tell you, I love football,” Hendrix told the newspaper. “If there's a football game on, I'm on it.” She follows football on both television and the radio.
Hendrix first became interested in football in high school when her gym teacher, who was also the football coach, insisted that all of his students learn the rules of the game.
Many of her female friends in school bristled at the idea, but not Hendrix. “That's one of the best things to ever happen to me,” she said.
Today, Hendrix is a mother of three, a grandmother to four, and a great-grandmother to seven.
Hendrix lives in an Idaho assisted living community in the town of Meridian, Idaho. Meridian is a town of about 75,000 people directly west of the state capital of Boise. Meridian also has the distinction of being the state’s fastest-growing municipality, having doubled its population in the last 10 years.