|Giles Pellerin, 91, passed away November 21, 1998. Giles was legendary for his unconditional enthusiasm and support of the USC football team. Giles attended an unbelievable 797 consecutive games in person (home and away). The streak that began in 1926 (Giles' Sophomore year at USC) ended on that day in the Rose Bowl. The first game Pellerin ever attended was the 1923 Rose Bowl. The last USC game Giles missed was in 1925.|
Did you know?
- Pellerin is a member of the USC Athletic Hall of Fame
- On all the road games he used to meet the players as they embarked from the bus at the stadium
- He had traveled close to 700,000 miles following USC Football *
- He had spend in the neighborhood of $100,000 traveling to USC games *
- He also attended many home games of USC's other sports including almost every home men's basketball game
- He once defied doctor's orders to stay bedridden in order to attend a game
- He once snuck out of a hospital to attend a USC game
- He had seen every single USC-Notre Dame game ever played in person
- He had seen every USC-UCLA game ever played in person
- He had seen every bowl game USC played in person
- He had donated $1,300,000 to USC to endow three football scholarships and a swimming scholarship.
- He won the first annual Sears Diehard Fan Award as "America's NCAA Division I Diehard College Sports Fan."
- He had watched USC play in nearly 75 different stadiums and been to more than 50 cities including Tokyo, Japan
- He had viewed all eight of USCís national championship squads
- He had viewed all of USC's more than 120 first team All-Americans
- He had viewed all four USC Heisman Trophy winners
- He had seen 11 Trojan coaching regimes
- His streak began before Traveler first appeared at Trojan games in 1927
- His streak began before Tommy Trojan arrived on campus in 1930
Giles will be sorely missed, but his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of USC athletes and fans worldwide. Brother Oliver, 87, has seen 600 straight USC games and has not missed a game since 1945. Brother Max, 85, had a string of more than 300 interrupted when he was sent overseas for work.
Giles Pellerin Links* The widely cited figures of $85,000 and 650,000 miles are from prior to the 1996 season (perhaps even earlier). The numbers stated above are simply approximations.
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