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Pulse of Illini Nation: Why I Became A Fan

We asked, and you answered!

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Missouri Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Over the next few weeks the writers at The Champaign Room will be dishing out personal stories about their Illini fandom, specifically about why, or when, they became a fan.

To kick off our “Why I Became a Fan” series, we wanted to hear from you and find out why YOU became an Illini fan. We hope that you get a better feel for who we are as a staff and where our passions lie over this series as we begin to creep toward another year of Illinois Athletics.

So, we asked, and you answered! Why are you an Illini fan?

I went there.

My parents had something to do with it.

It just happened when I was a kid.

Born into this lifestyle.


There was ‘a moment.’

I did it, but maybe I regret it. Just kidding, I don’t (I think).

And maybe this is the answer.

Whatever the reason is, we look forward to sharing our stories of Illini fandom with you over the next few weeks and hope that you continue to share your stories with us, whether it be in a Fanpost on the site or a tweet.

As always, ILL-