'Bernie Football' celebrates 50 years of Staples football fandom

Bernie Izzo has been roaming the sidelines of the Staples High School football field for 50 years, earning him the nickname 'Bernie Football.' Bernie, a

'Bernie Foo' tballis a florist by trade but on Friday nights, Staples High School football is his passion.

'Bernie Foo' tballis a florist by trade but on Friday nights, Staples High School football is his passion. (10/18/13)

WESTPORT - Bernie Izzo has been roaming the sidelines of the Staples High School football field for 50 years, earning him the nickname 'Bernie Football.'

Bernie, a florist by trade, says he's always enjoyed plants, flowers and nature, but all he's ever really wanted to do is be a football fan.

Every Friday, Bernie Football patrols the sidelines vocally and respectfully. He says he's only been escorted off the sidelines once in his tenure as a fan.

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