The 2018 LSU Football season will be my seventh season full-time with LSU and my tenth total with the Tigers (counting my years as a student worker). I am thankful each and every day for the opportunities this university and this team have given me over the last decade, and I look forward to every new season with excitement and anticipation like it’s my first!
While I am busy preparing for the upcoming season at work and putting together my gameday outfits, the ladies of JaneHudson inspired me to think about what LSU Football really means to me. This was a fun post to put together, because it made me think of all of the reasons why I love LSU and this team so passionately. It was also fun to play dress up in JaneHudson’s newest gameday colors and styles!
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WHEN I THINK OF LSU GAMEDAY MY WAY, I THINK…
I can’t believe I get paid to do this for a living! Working for the LSU Football team is literally a dream come true for me. I often get asked if my main career goal is to work for ESPN or another network, but a lot of times, I feel like I am already living one of my goals. I have wanted to report on sports for as long as I can remember, but instead of reporting on all teams and multiple sports, I get to focus on LSU Football – my favorite team and sport. Why would I give that up? Also, I get to experience LSU Football from the inside and behind the scenes, so I get to be a real part of this team. I wouldn’t change my busy gamedays with this team for anything!
Since I am working, LSU Football gamedays are packed full from morning to night. I start each gameday by finding a unique tailgate to feature on Cox Sports Television’s LSU GameDay Live show. Then, I transition to my recruiting role working unofficial and official visits. During and after that, I interview former players and other guests of LSU on the sidelines during pre-game, cover the game in the press box, interview Coach O after the game and then get home hours after the clock hits 00:00. With only 6-7 home games each season, these are the best days of the entire year!
When I think of LSU gameday my way, I also think of gameday outfits…duh! With a full schedule, I need a comfortable outfit that can last ALL day long. I was so excited when JaneHudson came out with their purple and gold collection this summer, so I can wear these comfy pieces on the sidelines and while traveling with the team!
Dress: JaneHudson Betty T-Shirt Dress [c/o] | Purse: Geaux Clear [c/o] | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: Kendra Scott [c/o] | Bracelets: Kendra Scott [c/o] | Ring: Kendra Scott [c/o] | Shoes: Converse
WHAT DOES LSU FOOTBALL MEAN TO ME?
SO MUCH. LSU Football has always been a part of my life. I grew up going to LSU games, and when we couldn’t make it to Baton Rouge, my family was always watching back home in Houston. We never missed the Tigers on TV, and I would keep stats throughout each game. I don’t know what I ever did with those stats, but I guess I was just preparing for the job I have now. Many of our family memories center around LSU Football, and it is something that is enjoyed by every family member.
LSU Football is a part of my family, and after a decade of working for the Tigers, LSU Football has also become my family. I spend more time with our coaches and players than I do with my own family, so it is a blessing to be so close to this staff.
I even met my husband through LSU Football. We both covered the team for an online publication during the 2011 season when LSU went 13-0 and appeared in the National Championship. We went to multiple road games together, including the “Game of the Century” in Tuscaloosa and the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. I think we had one of the most exciting first years of dating out of anyone we know! If it weren’t for LSU Football, I don’t know if we would have ever met! (We graduated on the same day in the same major from LSU and still didn’t know each other in college.)
Simply put, LSU Football is special. It’s extremely special to me and my family, our friends, fans and the entire state of Louisiana.
I CAN HONESTLY SAY, I DON’T KNOW WHERE I WOULD BE WITHOUT LSU FOOTBALL.
“LOVE PURPLE, LIVE GOLD”
The university’s main slogan is, “Love Purple, Live Gold”, and while it may be hard to explain to some, there is a just a special type of feeling LSU fans get when hearing those four simple words. I think of growing up a Tiger fan to my four years as an undergraduate to working for the university, earning my Master’s and supporting this team on a daily basis. It’s hard to put into words what these colors mean, but it is something special that unites all Tiger fans.
JaneHudson’s collection of classic and timeless pieces embody a lifestyle filled with spirit, experiences, adventures and fun – just like my 10 years working with LSU Football have been! The brand also introduced new styles to represent the motto, “Love Purple, Live Gold”, with their purple and gold fabrics. With so many color combos, you can GAMEDAY YOUR WAY with JaneHudson and represent your favorite team in style too!
Sweatshirt: JaneHudson [c/o] | T-Shirt: J. Crew | Shorts: AGOLDE | Purse: Geaux Clear | Earrings: Kendra Scott [c/o] | Bracelets: Kendra Scott [c/o] | Necklace: Kendra Scott [c/o] |Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Hat: ’47 Brand (from the LSU Bookstore) | Shoes: Converse
I would love to hear what LSU Football means to you and some of your favorite memories including the Tigers! Sports have a unique way of bringing people together, and I am fortunate to witness this on a daily basis. I have never been an athlete myself, but I am so glad a big part of my life has been a part of this team.
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