On the eve of the National Championship, one Irish fan has transitioned from making trips to Notre Dame games, to now devoting an entire part of his home to the team.
From the moment you drive up to Bill Becker’s house, it is obvious that he lives and dies for the blue and gold. But take a few steps inside and it becomes even more apparent that Becker loves the team “win lose or draw.”
Becker says being a fan of the Fighting Irish is more than paying attention to the team’s record, “it’s in the blood,” he says.
He has devoted the basement of his house to his beloved team, and his grandfather who played for the Irish from 1933-1935. Becker has proudly displayed his grandfather’s uniform to showcase the very thing that brought his grandparents together.
“My grandfather was a scholarship player, he was getting homesick, he wanted to go home. I don't know if it was a coach or brother called Saint Mary's and asked if they had anybody to fix him up with and that turned out to be grandma,” he recalls.
The tradition continues with Becker, who has turned his wife into a fan as well, “She kinda has to be, ‘cause she wouldn't put up with this.”
His wife Deb Becker adds her own touches to their home’s decorations, “I get things for him take pictures, get things framed for him.”
It is a room that Becker calls his own, and all the decorations he found searching through family memorabilia. He says the newspapers, signed photographs, uniform, and even the usher jacket Becker donned in the 1980s will remain with the family.
For now, Mrs. Becker says she will not let her husband’s collection expand into other rooms of the house. But after tomorrow, Bill hopes to have another championship photo to add to his collection.