In What Year Did You Become a USC Football Fan? SColdtimer Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 33 Likes Received: 119 Jul 8, 2017 #1 I just finished reading through all my football magazines. My daughters always give me a gift card to Barnes and Nobles every Father's day, so I can buy all the different football magazines on the rack. I went to my first USC game in 1951. Frank Gifford was playing for USC, and the Trojans had just beat Cal away from home. Cal was ranked #1. USC lost to Stanford at the Coliseum. I went with my dad and step grandpa. My dad grew up in Iowa. so at that time he was still a Iowa fan and a Ram fan. The Rams won the NFL title in 1951 and had one of the greatest offenses in NFL history. My mom, who will be 96 July 19th, said when I came home from the USC football game, I asked her to teach me to read, so I could read about the Trojans in the sport's page. Life's made up of having things to look forward to. Hope is the best medicine there is. USC turned out a great team in 1952 losing only to ND in freezing weather back at South Bend. January 1953 are my first memories of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. I can still remember being on my dad's shoulders watching the parade. Every year the players and coaches at USC stand on the shoulders of all the greats who went on before them. I'm hoping for a great year in 2017. If we learned anything from the 2017 Rose Bowl it's this, QB Sam Darnold showed true greatness in the 4th quarter of that game. Anytime you have a player that good with his hands on the ball, you have a chance to do something really special. I'll be 70 July 14th, but I haven't lost any of the enthusiasm for CFB I felt as a 4 year old wanting to learn how to read. What could be better than a game where you knock people over? Fight On!