Herman Leslie was ordered to the University of South Carolina as part of the Navy’s V-12 College Training program during World War II, and once he was enrolled, he became a Gamecock and there was no looking back after that.

More than 70 years later, Herman Leslie is still one of the biggest Gamecock fans you’ll ever meet. His son, Les Leslie, is well aware of that, and that was the main reason he suggested his dad for the Legendary Fan of the Game honor.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, that suggestion became a reality as Herman Leslie was honored in front of nearly 80,000 people at Williams-Brice Stadium prior to South Carolina’s game against Texas A&M.

It was a tremendous early birthday present as Herman Leslie was just a few days shy of his 91st birthday.

“It was quite an affair,” Herman Leslie said. “It was something I had no idea of ever participating in. My son was the one who led the way. I was real appreciative, and I enjoyed the event very much.”

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