No college football team draws more fans to its home games than the University of Michigan. The university has led the nation in home attendance every season except one since 2003, backing up Michigan Stadium’s moniker — the Big House.
There hasn’t been an official home crowd of less than 100,000 at the Big House since 1975, and last season the Wolverines averaged more than 110,000 fans, even though official capacity is 107,601. What draws all those fans to Ann Arbor for games and causes them to bleed maize and blue?
Sgt. 1st Class Rachel Renjifo made a choice of her favorite colors as a teenager, and she has carried that choice into every post and deployment she has had in her career as a soldier in the U.S. Army. She is stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., where she lives with her husband, also a soldier, and 3-year-old daughter Santana. The green camouflage of her military uniform is the only acceptable shade of green for her.
By Sgt. 1st Class Rachel Renjifo
I grew up in Detroit. In eighth grade there came a moment where I had to choose Michigan or the ugly green team.
It was the year Charles Woodson made his beautiful leap and caught the football with one hand. That moment in time solidified which team would always be my favorite. Now, as a soldier, I proudly wear my Michigan gear to the dismay of all the State and Ohio State fans at every unit I go to.
I am now deployed overseas but stayed up late to watch us beat Florida. Go Blue!