HOUSTON—It takes work to be a Texans super fan. You’ve got to dress, decorate, and design everything to match the part.
Dre Ladon, 21, raps up his team spirit with a music video called “H Up 4 Dem Texans.”
“We wanted to do something for the fans and the only way to do that was to go all Texan-ed out,” the Houston Community College student said.
Last year’s song version, “Red, White and Blue” played at every Texan’s home game. This year, Dre decided to do something slightly different.
“We wanted to get all the superfans, all the top spots, even one of the players,” he said.
Texan Defensive End Antonio Smith has a cameo. He’s not the only familiar face. We asked KHOU 11 News viewers to send their super fan pictures. The responses included several fans in “H Up 4 Dem Texans.” Front and center were cult favorites, the BattleRedFreaks dancing in front of a Houston garage completely repainted with the Texans logo near.
Fans show their love from birth on up and fly their team colors everywhere, especially in their man caves. Garages become game day ground zero and some spare no expense for serious viewing comfort.
Others turn their homes turn into shrines. The Garzas have wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling memorabilia. Much of it is autographed. Nine-year-old Devon and his dad work for it. They are regulars when athletes do signings. They line up early and wait for the doors to open.
“Like 2 o’clock or 3 o’clock in the morning,” Devon said. “We go to Verizon, Whatburger, Tristar, the Gallery Furniture.”
Businesses often pay athletes to do autograph sessions.
Dre, whose real name is Andre LaDon Brumfield, added that a super fan is not a fair-weather fan.
”If you are a super fan you got to stand out and be very loyal to the team. If they lose you gotta be down for the team,” he said.
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