Meet the Gilmore family. The guy with the red hair, that’s Dave. And that’s his wife, Colleen and their three daughters, Courtney, Zowie, and Saydee. Now that we’ve all been introduced, let’s get to the important things that Dave is doing with his life.
Dave is the founder and president of the Arizona Cardinals Fan Club. He has launched the Big Red Army and it’s fine little website right here. I know, this seems very trivial, but I wouldn’t advise you to tell that to Mr. Gilmore. To him, this is serious business. So serious, that he quit his job to embark on a journey in fan clubbery.
I started my quest on building a fan club, and at first I thought it was just getting a bunch of guys together and having a good time, Gilmore said. It is a full-blown company. It is my job, my full-time job.
Gilmore quit his job as a regional director of sales for a national hotel chain to start the Cardinals fan club the day he flew out to watch Super Bowl XLIII, and he was determined to make the fan club happen, win or lose.
This is not about the money, Gilmore said. It is about what I love to do. I am very passionate about the Cardinals.
Passionate is definitely an understatement. The man quit his job to captain a fan club for one of the worst franchises, historically in the NFL. That can’t be anything but love. And even after the love has gone, he can be passionate about that $60 annual fee that he’s charging. Hey, the man has to eat, right?
Big Red Army of Cardinals fans building ranks with fan club (AZCentral.com)
* Photo courtesy of Tatiana Hensley/The Arizona Republic