FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Conrad Longfellow, an Arkansas native and loyal Razorback fan who has attended nearly every football home game for the past 75 years, will participate in the “A” Walk of Honor on Saturday prior to Arkansas’ football game against Ole Miss at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Longfellow, 87, grew up in Siloam Springs and started attending Razorback games at the age of 12. Through the years he has enjoyed watching such legendary Razorbacks as Clyde “Smackover” Scott, Lance Alworth, Bud Brooks, Ken Hatfield, Billy Moore among others.
Now living in Greenville, Miss. with his wife Leta, Longfellow is a longtime Razorback Foundation member and travels to every home game whether it is in Fayetteville or Little Rock in a vehicle sporting a giant red razorback sticker in the middle of his Mississippi issued license plate. Appropriately identified by his e-mail address, hawgman, Longfellow has followed the Hogs for more than three quarters of a century.
“We are proud to recognize Conrad for his 75 years of faithful support of the Razorbacks,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “A native Arkansan, he served our country in the Navy before enrolling at the University of Arkansas and earned his engineering degree. He went on to a distinguished professional career and now travels to every home game traveling from his home in Mississippi. He is truly a passionate fan and a shining example of the tie that helps bind Razorback fans from generation to generation throughout the state and around the world.”
A graduate of Siloam Springs High School, Longfellow served two years in the Navy at the end of World War II. Following his military service, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas in fall of 1948. Longfellow graduated from the UA with B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering in 1952 and went on to a successful professional engineering career including tenures in both Kansas City and Little Rock.
In 1966, Longfellow bought a small manufacturing company in Jackson, Miss., Caldwell Culvert Company. Serving as the President and CEO of the company for the next 23 years, Longfellow grew the business into a major regional steel pipe manufacturing business with numerous offices throughout the south and southwest.
Since selling his company in 1989, Longfellow has stayed busy in his retirement following the Hogs, traveling, playing golf and being active in his church.
He and has two children, four grandchildren and one great grandson. His wife Leta has three children and four grandchildren.
“Running through the A” is one of the Razorbacks’ most storied football traditions. While “Running through the A” is a tradition reserved only for members of the Razorback football team, Razorback Athletics created a program in 2010 to honor those individuals or groups who have played a significant role in the support of Razorback Athletics.
Honorees are invited to participate in this unique pre-game experience and are recognized on the video board and over the public address system as they walk through the “A” formed by the Razorback Marching Band. After completing the walk, honorees help complete the “A” before welcoming the Arkansas Razorback football team on the field just prior to kickoff.
Previous honorees have included members of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, the Willard and Pat Walker family, Bob and Marilyn Bogle, Tommy May, Boyce Billingsley and Rick Massey.
Tickets for Saturday’s game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium are still available online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by contacting the Razorback Ticket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). Tickets begin at $55. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:30 p.m.