HOMECOMING: Gardner honored for coming to homecoming 52 straight years

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author You Might Like Trojans extend winning streak with win over Georgia State on homecoming Troy linebacker Demetrius Cain (21) celebrates with Tyquae Russell (10) and cornerback Kamryn Melton (4) after an interception during the… read more Book Nook to reopen Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Print Article Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Published 3:00 am Tuesday, October 18, 2016 HOMECOMING: Gardner honored for coming to homecoming 52 straight years “I have been very fortunate health wise,” Gardner said. “Amazingly, families on both side haven’t scheduled major events. I think some of them knew better. It wasn’t intentional.”Gardner has seen three Troy teams win a national championship and witnessed the team move from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division-1A) to Division 1.“There have been so many good games,” Gardner said. “Especially when Coach (Larry) Blakeney really brought us back and took us to Division 1-AA (now known as the Football Championship Series). To watch them beat Marshall, Oklahoma State and Missouri, those are memories I will never forget.”center_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… He enjoys watching both the university and town grow.“It’s hard to keep track with all the progress that is going on,” Gardner said. “I think back to what the campus looked like in 1964 to what it looks like now. It’s gone from what I loved back then – a small home town school where you knew everybody – to a major university.”With head coach Neal Brown in his second year with the program, Gardner is excited for the future. “I am so excited for what he has done in such a short period of time,” Gardner said. “It’s really amazing, especially defensively.”Gardner was honored on Saturday during Troy’s game against Georgia State to recognize his dedication for the football program.“It’s very humbling to be honest with you. It’s surprising and almost embarrassing because I don’t think I have done anything to deserve it,” Gardner said. “I come because I want to come back. It’s not because I want to establish any record.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder The fact that Gardner had made the trip for that long hadn’t dawned on him until a few years back when his wife brought it up on the way up for a game.“She said, ‘Do you realize how many years you have been traveling this road?’” Gardner said. “I hadn’t thought about it and she said, ‘This year will be 50.’ I said, ‘Now you’re telling me how old I am.’”Gardner said coming back to Troy is like coming back home.“I get to see a lot of friends,” Gardner said. “I have seen friends that I have been friends with since 1964.” Ken Gardner was invited to take part in the halftime activities as Saturday marked the 52nd consecutive homecoming Gardner has attended. He carried flowers for homecoming queen, Destiny Olivier.In 1964 Ken Gardner attended a Troy University homecoming game. He hasn’t missed one in the 52 years that followed.“I love coming back,” he said on Saturday, shortly before being recognized during the halftime ceremonies at Troy University.Gardner attended his first homecoming in 1964 as an escort to the homecoming court. Since then, he’s made the trek from Monroe County and Daphne. Sponsored Contentlast_img read more