Man Postpones Heart Surgery For College Football Game
October 7 / Matthew De George / SportsGrid
The first tilt between Michigan and Michigan State in over a decade in which both teams are ranked in the top 25 is causing a fair amount of excitement in the Wolverine State.
But one fan took that hysteria to a new and quite literally unhealthy level.
His name is Major Hester, a 69-year-old Spartans fanatic from Detroit, who postponed heart surgery to make sure he’d get to watch the intrastate rivalry on Saturday.
Hester, who needs a pacemaker inserted to treat a progressive weakening of the heart known as cardiomyopathy, chose to hold off on surgery, not wanting to do anything to jeopardize his ability to catch the game.
Hester, quoted in a Detroit News article that also details some of his gameday histrionics, likens the unpredictability of the surgery to going into war:
You never know. It’s like going into combat. You may come home alive or you may come home dead.
It appears that's also the way Hester looks at most Spartans' contests, for which he cheers so loud that he often gets shortness of breath. He is known for yelling, screaming, and all manner of hysteria during contests and is often sent to his room (again, he's 69) during games.