PHOTO GALLERY: Fans define what Tiger spirit means to them

Saturday, October 15, 2011 | 1:15 p.m. CDT; updated 1:22 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 15, 2011
Name: Norris Stevenson
Hometown: St. Louis
Graduated: 1961
What is Tiger spirit? "For a football player, Tiger spirit is a matter of whether you win a football game."
Stevenson was the first black scholarship athlete at MU. MU's football team went undefeated (11-0) during Stevenson's senior year, won the Big Eight title and defeated the Navy in the Orange Bowl. Stevenson is in the MU Athletics Hall of Fame.

COLUMBIA — Tiger spirit takes on different definitions for folks at MU Homecoming activities, but for this group the core of Tiger spirit is supporting the athletics teams, win or lose.

Name: Joyce Hulett
Hometown: Columbia
Graduated: 1968
What is Tiger spirit? "It means football, basketball, hoping they win and also being a fan when they lose."
Hulett has been to more than half of the 100 MU Homecomings — this is her 53rd. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate from MU.
Name: Jamie Katner
Graduated: MU sophomore
What is Tiger spirit? "Tiger spirit means supporting your school, team and everyone who goes here."
Name: James Elliott
Hometown: Columbia
Graduated: 1961
What is Tiger spirit? Elliott's wife, Judy Elliott, said, "He has a lot of Tiger bite, since he's been making all the mouth guards for the football team."
Elliott, a dentist, has been making mouth guards for the football team since 1971.
Name: Annalise Wightman
Hometown: Columbia
Age: 5
What is Tiger spirit? Wightman's aunt, Sheila Wieman, answered: "Even though you leave Mizzou, Mizzou never leaves you."
Weiman graduated from MU in 1972.
Name: Todd McCubbin
Hometown: Columbia
Graduated: 1995
What is Tiger spirit? "Homecoming weekend is the epitome of Tiger spirit. Everyone's showing their pride for this place."
McCubbin is the executive director of the Alumni Association.

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