The first home game of the 2015 football season for the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions brought familiar faces who to set up their traditional tailgating spots in friendship circle. On the west end of the circle, close to Dyson Hall, was where the former players tailgating area was located.
A tradition that has been around for almost four years, former players Rogers Muller, Brian Babin, Merrick Lanaux and former students and alumni gather at this spot almost every single home game to cook for former players and friends. Football is the reason for getting together, watching the games, relaxing, and having a few laughs. Most importantly the tailgate was a way to give back to current players and to show support to Lion football and players who have taken the program a step further. On the menu for Saturday was hamburgers, hot dogs and hot sausage, a break from the normal jambalaya feast.
Brian Babin, who led the Lions at quarterback from the 2005-2009 seasons, loves the passion and support he notices from the fans, but he wants current players to know how much he appreciates their efforts:
“We worked hard, and we want them to know we understand how hard they’ve worked and we appreciate that. We need to bring it back and support this team 100%.”
2010 general business graduate Matthew Saucier, friend to some of the former players, enjoys coming out to the tailgate to see former players and friends. “It’s great to see former players and current players come to the tailgate and enjoy themselves. I’m proud of the team and proud of my university.”
Rogers Mueller, who played special teams for the Lions from 2008-2012, is a young alumni who enjoys cooking for the tailgate and cooking for all the former players young and old.“Cooking for the guys makes me at feel home. Every time I come here and see the guys, I feel home.”
“This sense of home will undoubtedly help the Lions as they pursue to win the Southland Conference for the third time in a row,” said Mueller.
The Lions travel to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, next weekend to face the Bobcats out of the Mid-American Conference. They will face conference foe Lamar on Thursday, October 1st in Strawberry Stadium.
Video courtesy of slufb