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NCAA.com | September 3, 2014

Rutgers honors long-time season ticket holder

Rutgers Fan Gregory Mackaronis, right, accepts honors on behalf of his uncle, George, Rutgers first season ticket holder.

George Mackaronis, during his senior year, was the captain of the Rutgers basketball team during the 1947-1948 season. 

In the fall of 1948, Mackaronis waltzed right into athletic director, George Little's office looking for tickets to all of the Scarlet Knight's basketball games. Although the box office hadn't offered season ticket plans, Little grabbed a handful of tickets for home games, put them in a rubber band and Mackaronis became the first season ticketholder in Rutgers history. In the coming years, Mackaronis bought into the football program and has continued to be a season ticket holder for both sports for more than six decades.

On Wednesday, the football head coach Kyle Flood had Mackaronis' nephew Gregory address his team to remind them of the dedication of their fan base.

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