Part 3 of the Badger of Honor fan series showcases former high school English and writing teacher Brendan Faherty of Madison. Alan Christianson showed off his collection of Jim Leonhard jerseys in Part 1 and Dennis Bonomini put most fans to shame with his astounding replicas and season-ticket access in Part 2.
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Brendan Faherty has lived in Madison for the past 12 years and can hear Camp Randall from his house on game days.
“It’s an electric atmosphere,” he said. “It’s fun to see former Badgers around town from time to time. I see Barry Alvarez and Ron Dayne. Saw Mark Tauscher just last weekend at a free kids movie in a local park.”
What kind of Badgers fan are you?
Mainly football and men’s basketball, though I do enjoy the success of our hockey teams as well.
Memories of Madison?
I have many great memories from college. I did my undergrad the same time as Dayne, Cecil Martin, Aaron Gibson, etc. I was one of hundreds of students involved in an all-out war of a snowball fight my freshman year, which also included several football players.
I remember seeing 6-foot-7, 380-pound Gibson riding around campus on a Spree scooter. The tires were flattened to the road and it’s still one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.
I remember being at the Wisconsin-Michigan State game in 1998. MSU came in ranked No. 1 in rush defense, allowing something like 40 yards per game. Dayne had over 200 in the first half. Michael Bennett broke 100 in the second half on maybe six carries. An absolute demolition.
I was at a local bar watching David Gilreath take the opening kick back for a touchdown against No. 1 Ohio State and the scene around the stadium that night was insane.
What do you do on Game Day?
If I’m lucky, watch the game with family and/or friends. If I’m really lucky, I’ll tailgate and attend the game.
What is your favorite item in your collection?
Do you only collect Badgers?
I only collect former Wisconsin football players, with a few random basketball guys thrown in there.
What sets you apart from other fans?
I know there’s a few other Wisconsin alum card collectors out there—and they must have ridiculous collections—but I’m closing in on 4,000 unique cards, with autographs of nearly 100 different alumni, both old and new.
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