Truly hardcore sports fans are becoming rarer and rarer in this day and age of bandwagonism to the millionth power. There is no better example of this than all of the folks who latched onto the Denver Broncos last year strictly because of Tim Tebow, and who now luck into having one of the best quarterbacks of all time at the helm of their offense.
Not all fans of Denver’s best sports franchise are bandwagon fans, though. As it turns out, there were a lot of legit Broncos fans out there last season, too. One such legit fan was Jim Driver, a former Navy photographer who eventually went on to teach children how to ice skate. He was a family man and seemingly good guy, based on what we know.
Driver was also a devout Broncos loyalist, apparently. The real kind.
Even though 78-year-old passed away on Tuesday, he unknowingly left behind something really special. A lasting mark by which all future fan deaths will judged. Here is part of the obituary listed for him in the Columbia Tribune (via Deadspin):
James H. "Jim" Driver, 78, of Eagle, Colo., formerly of Columbia, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at South Hampton Place in Columbia after a brief illness. An avid Broncos fan, he abhorred Manning and evidently wanted out before a deal was done.
Got that? The man was such a real fan that he would rather stop living than see a player he despised wear his favorite team’s uniform.
Hardcore sports fans are clearly a dying breed.
(Kudos to Deadspin for the find)