MENASHA, Wis. (NBC 26) — If you’ve driven by the Racine Street McDonald’s on game day, odds are you've seen Dean Moede. He’s not here for the food, but rather the football.
“Every home game day, I’m here on the four corners of Menasha, that’s just tradition,” said Moede.
Moede moved to Menasha 12 years ago, after his kids graduated from the Neenah school system.
“The kids still can’t believe that we’re Blue Jay fans, because they’re Rocket fans from Neenah, but it’s ok. We love it. It’s a lot of good fun,” said Moede.
Although he was disappointed to see the fall football season called off due to coronavirus, Moede eagerly returned to his spot Thursday morning ahead of the Blue Jay’s spring opener against Notre Dame.
“The rest of the conference pretty much played out and we didn’t, so the anticipation for spring ball kind of is even more of an incentive, even though we’re playing all non-conference games, it’s still going to be a good time,” said Moede.
Today, the Menasha Football Program considers Moede a Blue Jay in his own right.
“Just goes to show that you can become part of a community and not have to sit back just because you didn’t grow up somewhere,” said head coach Jeramie Korth. “You know maybe you're not involved in their schools and all that, you can become a big part of these kids’ lives, just by doing something like what dean is doing. And it’s just supporting. I think a lot of people can learn from him that showing support is a great thing.”
While attendance is limited at Thursday night’s game, Moede says that he has plans to go.