Former Duck Player Complains About Fans

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EUGENE, Ore. — A former Oregon Duck football player wrote a letter about fan behavior at Autzen Stadium after sitting in the stands.

His letter was published in the Portland newspaper, The Oregonian. In it, he shares what he saw and heard at last week’s game during his first time as a spectator in the stands.

He states in the letter, “I love the Ducks. I hate Duck fans.” It goes on to talk about the fans around him that he says used foul language and continually criticized everyone from players to coaches.

Fans had mixed reactions to the letter. Some say they agree with the anonymous writer, and some say fans can’t be generalized.

“At first it’s cool, but then it gets belligerent and obnoxious,” said Springfield resident Billy Gass.

“We’re all supposed to be there cheering them on, not fighting each other. So for those people, yeah, I agree with what he said. For those screaming for the Ducks, I hope more of those people show up,” said Springfield resident Damon Gathright.

Fans say they would like to see more people toned down the negativity towards the home team and just have fun.

The letter was published Tuesday by The Oregonian’s sports columnist John Canzano. According to Canzano, another player sent a similar letter, but it has not been published yet. To read the full letter, click here.


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  1. bill says:

    Ducks suck as do their drunken, doping students and players..sad, very sad

  2. Sarah says:

    First, I sit in the end zone. Second, yes, there are loud, obnoxious and drunk fans. There are also moms and dads, kids and school groups. Third, there are crowd control staff who, if the situation was as bad as described in this letter, should have been notified. Fourth. All of these same things went on when he was playing; this was not just for his benefit and enjoyment. Fifth, if he felt the fans were so bad why not be a man and sign his letter? But more importantly … as I mentioned above, I sit in the end zone and have for almost 15 years. Same seats. Formerly GA. And I have never seen that many obnoxious fans near my seats. I also cannot hear the person who is NEXT to me in the stands. How could this one fan, in one game, find so many loud obnoxious fans in one section? Perhaps he brought it on himself with his attitude.

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