Howard’s Rock has been a tradition of the Clemson Tigers since the 1960’s when coach Frank Howard was gifted it. Before every home game, the team touches the rock before running down the hill towards the east endzone.
Fans dream of being able to touch the rock like their favorite players, but few have managed to actually be allowed that opportunity. One Clemson fan thought it was a good idea that every fan in the stadium have their very own personal Howard’s Rock.
Of course, not everyone can have a twenty pound boulder of flint, but they will now have the opportunity to own a replica piece of it. According to Tigernet.com, Clemson fan Jack Kulze was watching the game against South Carolina and the game was a close, tense one like most seasons. He wanted so desperately to give his team motivation that he considered running down to the rock and rubbing it for good luck.
All that would have done was get kicked him out of the game and probably banned from future games in Death Valley. So, he came up with an idea for a foam Green Bay Packer cheese head-like Howard’s Rock hat. The idea has come to fruition for the fan and he now has a pretty cool piece of apparel to wear to games this year.
Good news, Clemson fans. You can buy your very own Howard’s Rock hat at RockDeathValley.com for the low price of $29.99. While that may seem pretty steep, it’s worth the price for fans to have this one-of-a-kind souvenir for the games.
I’m expecting to see Death Valley full of replica rock hats for the season opener on September 5 when the Tigers host Wofford.
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