Roanoke football fan attends games all season for pure love of the game

BOTETOURT, Va. (WDBJ7) - “Touchdown Botetourt!” said Ricky Brooks, watching from the sidelines on Friday night. “That was a good play. A real good play.”

Brooks knows a thing or two about good plays, because he’s seen his fair share.

Brooks loves Friday night high school football so much he attends a game every Friday night of the season – including playoffs.

"I’ve probably only missed two or three games in the past five years,” he said.

But Brooks doesn’t come here to cheer on a relative. His kids graduated years ago.
He's just here for the love of the game.

"The competition, I just love to watch it, I love to watch these guys go at it, I mean it's fun to watch," he said.

Brooks says he's sat under these Friday night lights in all kinds of weather and in all kinds of games, good and bad.
He loves it, even though he never played.

"I only weighed 120 pounds when I graduated, I woulda got killed if I played football!"

So like clockwork Brooks counts down to every Friday night, picking the week's best match.

"It doesn't matter what team it is, just as long as it's a local team I'll go support them."

He says this is his thing so he's usually here alone.

"My kids know, don't bother dad, he's going to a game!”

But Brooks meets no strangers on the field.

“I"ll be darned,” he said. “I see somebody I know.”

He says he also likes to support the teams by buying a 50/50 raffle any chance he can.

"I ain't won yet, but I don't care,” Brooks said. “It's just I have a good time going to the games."

Brooks says as long as there's a game to be seen, he'll be there encouraging each team to be their very best.

"Don't give up your dreams,” he said, nodding to the players warming up on the field. “If you feel like you can make it all the way, go for it."