Notre Dame's oldest fan tied to Oklahoma

Jack Brehmer spends time in Oklahoma with his daughter and son-in-law, and is a huge fan of Irish athletes from the state.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 25, 2012

He loves players like Bishop McGuinness' Elyse Hight, a goalkeeper for the Irish, and the Connelly girls, who played tennis at Notre Dame.

“I got adopted by their parents,” he said. “Well, at least the wives.”

When he was healing from his broken hip, the Irish women's soccer team sent him edible bouquets of fruit, and cards that the whole team signed. They even stopped by to visit him.

After Notre Dame won the national championship in 2010, the Irish named Brehmer an honorary member of the team and gave him a framed jersey.

“I didn't get a diamond like them though,” Brehmer said with a laugh.

The 1943 Notre Dame graduate has been a season-ticket holder of 10 Irish sports teams, including football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse and more. He attends every Irish game that he can for any team, especially if he knows a kid from Oklahoma is going to be on the team. His smile glowed whenever Hight was mentioned.

“She's one great soccer player,” Brehmer said.

This weekend, he'll attend the Notre Dame pep rally and the Saturday afternoon tailgate before attending the game. He's a little worried about his Irish going up against Oklahoma.

“It's looking like they could get beat,” Brehmer said. “I'll tell you what though, if they do, they'll go down fighting.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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