It was still an hour away from the opening kickoff of the big Edison-Dana Hills game, but Jim Collins was ready for some football.
While playing a waiting game, Collins studied the opposition warming up, taking note of it all in reserved silence. He then turned his attention to his team, Edison, becoming fully engrossed in its pregame rituals.
Again, watching in silence.
But Collins isn't a player on the field. He's a fan in the stands. No, make that a "Super Booster."
Collins is 90 years old but going on 70. Youthful, engaging and gregarious, he's been a fixture at Edison football practices and games, no matter the location, for the past 35 years.
"I love going to the games, supporting the team," he said. "It's just something I really enjoy."
He sure does. In 35 years, Collins has only missed eleven games. Three of those misses came last year when he went out of town with his wife, Lorrie, to attend her 60-year high school reunion in Chicago. That's 11 misses, both home and away. That's 10 or more games to attend a season. Counting three games into the current season, that's 403 games.