One person you can count on being at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium any time the U of L football team lines up is U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Fan of the Week. The four-term Republican leader is a diehard Card fan and rarely misses a game, at home or away.

“One of my favorite activities is watching U of L football,” he told us. “I have been a Cardinal fan since I was in school at the University of Louisville. I can’t remember the last time I missed a home game. In fact, last year I went to every home and away game except one, the game in Pittsburgh; only having to miss it because my daughters were in to visit me for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.”

Sen. McConnell, who attend
ed away games this season at UConn, North Carolina State and South Florida, is looking beyond the team’s current misfortunes. “While this season has been a disappointing one, I look forward to the spring when the Cardinals return to the gridiron and once again begin their quest for the BCS Championship,” he said. “I will enjoy watching the young talent improve as U of L football continues to grow as a force to be reckoned with in college football.”

The former County Judge said he also loves tailgating and taking part in the camaraderie that comes with being a member of the U of L family. “I have enjoyed watching the athletic program grow over the years, going from the Metro Conference to Conference USA to the Big East and rising through the ranks to winning the school’s first Bowl Championship Series game.”

Any other thoughts?

“Go Cards!” he said, emphatically.

Photo: Senator McConnell gets together with U of L football player Daniel Cameron (also a McConnell Scholar) and Daniel’s parents: Von and Sandra Cameron.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.