SDSU trip to Alabama marks lifetime journey
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SDSU trip to Alabama marks lifetime journey

San Diego State superfan Tom Ables attending 774th game and revisiting USS Alabama this weekend

Photo: Donnel Pumphery and Tom Ables

San Diego State football’s unquestioned No. 1 fan completes a 70-year-old circle this weekend. Tom Ables’ lifeline includes serving aboard the USS Alabama and attending his 774th San Diego State football game.

Ables, 90, travels with his beloved No. 19-ranked Aztecs (3-0) to watch them play South Alabama (2-2) Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. The road trip includes revisiting the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile Bay. ...  

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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