The ultimate student-fan

You may have seen him on TV during a few Husker home games dressed in his game-day attire — a Nebraska version of Pancho Villa. Here’s a taste of what it’s like for full-time University of Nebraska-Lincoln dental student and Husker super fan Paul Favela.

When he’s not studying anatomy or dentistry late on weeknights in the basement of the dental school on UNL’s East Campus, he waits for Husker game days to arrive.

Originally from Victoria, Texas, Favela never was a big fan of Texas sports and chose Nebraska after receiving a scholarship. He became a die-hard Husker fan during his time as an undergraduate student and resident assistant living in the dorms.

Over the years, his Husker wardrobe grew. He received suggestions from friends as well as help sewing a giant N on a sweater vest. He never was a fan of the Buckeyes, but after seeing former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, Favela took to liking the sleeveless sweaters. With a drawer full of them and quite possibly more than 35 in his collection, he declares “all the time” as a good time to wear sweater vests.

Here’s what a normal week is like for him, along with a slideshow and story.


Paul Favela lifts a beer as he cheers with Husker fans while listening to the Cornhusker pep band on Friday Oct. 7, 2011 in Lincoln Neb., at Grandmother’s restaurant.  The pep band plays for fans at the restaurant the night prior to Husker home  football games. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD


Before heading to Memorial Stadium to claim his spot in line at 6:30 a.m., Paul Favela perfects the curls in his mustache using wax. His mustache started as a joke to go along with a friend’s work guidelines on facial hair, and it slowly evolved to be included in game-day outfit. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD


First-year dental student and Husker super fan Paul Favela keeps busy and studies for anatomy class before the Ohio State game outside Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday Oct. 8, 2011 CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD


One of Paul Favela’s favorite things to do during football game days is the sprint from the stadium gates to the seats. Here, he makes his way from a tunnel to the stands. Favela ran cross country in high school, and he said sprinting to his seat gives him an adrenaline rush. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD


Paul Favela watches the Northwestern game while wearing his signature sombrero in the East Stadium student section at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. A lot goes into Paul’s game-day preparation: He has a small and a large sombrero that he wears depending on weather conditions. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD


Paul Favela raises his hands during a kickoff in the Northwestern game in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. His game-day attire is supposed to portray Pancho Villa, complete with mustache, lucky Nebraska socks and shoes, sombrero, suit jacket, dress shirt and bandoleer filled with corn cobs. CHRIS DORWART/THE WORLD-HERALD


Chris Dorwart

About Chris Dorwart

I'm a Gross Catholic graduate and always have hoped to one day work for the Omaha World-Herald. I began to work as a freelance photographer for the World-Herald in May 2011. Now, as the fall photography fellow working out of the Lincoln bureau, I cover Huskers and high school sports in addition to the occasional feature assignment. The fellowship is a program through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications, where I am in my third year. Some of my favorite photos are those that give insight into the everyday life of the people I meet. I love sharing the story of stranger, like the local bartender or a man on the corner playing his guitar.
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