The University of Nevada Wolf Pack has been playing football for more than 60 years. Even when the snow is falling and the temperatures drop far below freezing, the stadium sees the arrival of faithful fans ready to cheer their team to victory.
Following are my top 25 reasons for being a fan of the Pack:
1: Pat Brady: NCAA record (1950) for longest punt, 99 yards against Loyola.
2: Eric Downer Sanders: 1981-86 Atlanta Falcons; Detroit Lions 1986-92.
3: Fremont Cannon: Most expensive and heaviest trophy in college football.
4: Battle for Nevada: School rivalry between Wolf Pack and Rebels (Las Vegas); winner gets to hold Fremont Cannon for season.
5: Head coach Chris Ault: Former Wolf Pack football player; focused, inspired leader.
6: Henry Rolling: 1983-86 linebacker; first-team All-Big Sky selection in 1985-86. Kodak All-American honors in 1986; pro with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chargers, Los Angeles Rams.
7: Virgil Green: Incredible Pack tight end; seventh-round 2011 draft pick by the Denver Broncos.
8: Mackay Stadium seating expansion from 7,500 to 30,000.
9: Colin Kaepernick: 2011 draft second round by San Francisco 49ers.
10: FieldTurf track: Since 2000, for better playing on ice and snow.
11: Dontay Moch: Defensive end and Cincinnati Bengals 2011 third-round draft choice.
12: Salad Bowl: First bowl game, beat North Texas in 1948.
13: Hawaii Bowl: Dec. 24, 2011: Lost to Southern Miss 24-17; plenty of excitement.
14. Most incredible tie: 1923 Cal game; tied at zero.
16: Trevor Insley (WR): NCAA record, most yards receiving season in 1999 with 2,060 yards.
17: Trevor Insley: NCAA record, most yards receiving career--1996-99--with 5,005 yards.
18: Top players sign because of travel to areas like Albuquerque and Honolulu.
19: Only college football program to move up from lower division and win first season conference title (1992 Big West champions).
20: Colin Kaepernick: NCAA record: most rushing touchdowns (50) through quarterback career, shared with Nebraska's Eric Crouch (1998-01).
21: Colin Kaepernick: Only quarterback in college football history to rush for 4,000 and pass for 10,000 yards.
22: Competition: Top names like Oregon Ducks, Cal, and Northwestern.
23: Marion Motley: Three-season linebacker and fullback from 1940-42; in Navy WWII. Cleveland Browns from 1946-53; one season with Pittsburgh Steelers. Football Hall of Fame inductee 1968; NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
24: Trevor Insley: NCAA record for most consecutive games (3) gaining 200 receiving yards or more (1999); record shared with Tulsa's Howard Twilley (1965).
25: Players inspire the fans and the team.
A Wolf Pack fan for over 30 years, I live near Reno and have one child that attended UNR.