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To Marshall fans, Herd players are celebs

Herald-Dispatch photo by Bishop Nash Four-year-old Rajon Thompson has his jersey signed by linebacker Evan McKelvey during Marshall football’s annual Fan Day on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Bishop Nash
Four-year-old Rajon Thompson has his jersey signed by linebacker Evan McKelvey during Marshall football’s annual Fan Day on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — On Sunday, Marshall players got the superstar status as fans lined the entire width of the field and beyond to get autographs and photos with their favorites.

For the newcomers, it is a unique effect from camp and one that gives them the ultimate Division I feel when experiencing it for the first time.

For the veterans, it is a chance to show appreciation to those who have filled the seats for their games and cheered them on in victory and defeat.

“They deserve this day,” Marshall running back Devon Johnson said. “They come out every year and sit through the cold, the rain, the snow and bad weather to support us.”

As the horn sounded to signal the end of the Fan Day festivities and players ran into the Shewey Building to go eat prior to a team meeting later in the evening, Johnson sat outside alone at a chair with Marshall sports information director Jason Corriher with a silver Sharpie in hand, hoping to fulfill each fan’s needs.

In all, Johnson was out there for an hour and 20 minutes as he attempted to sign every last autograph…

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