Vanderbilt coach, players visit Greer Stadium

Vanderbilt football coach Bobby Johnson and captains Jonathan Goff and Brian Stamper met Nashville Sounds' fans at Greer Stadium Friday evening as part of the continuing "Commodores in the Community."

The trio braved inclement weather to autograph posters, pictures, and one fan even requested her shirt to be signed. Coach Johnson wanted to play baseball as well as football in college, but his college coach would not allow it. Once again, he missed out on a chance to show off his baseball skills. He was scheduled to throw out the first pitch prior to the Sounds and Colorado Sky Sox game, but rain postponed the start of the game for an hour and five minutes and pre-game festivities were cancelled.

After meeting and talking with the coach and players, some baseball fans indicated their interest in Vanderbilt football had been stimulated.

James Jordan, who attended Oklahoma Sooners' home games as a youth prior to moving to Nashville and still returns periodically to watch them play, said he would consider purchasing tickets to see the Commodores play.

After accepting an autographed poster from Goff, Jenny Crews came away impressed from her short meeting. "They've been great, and I would consider purchasing tickets." Crews admitted to being a Florida Gators fan, but indicated the affordable ticket prices could change her mind. "Eighty dollars for season tickets (South End Zone) is a great deal."

Jessica Fleischer has never been to a Vanderbilt football game after moving here from Colorado Springs . After meeting the players, she indicated a new interest in Vanderbilt football. "I'm pretty likely to attend at least one game," she said.

Once again, a drawing was held to give away an authentic Vanderbilt football jersey and an autographed mini Vanderbilt helmet.

Photos by Whitney D. for Top Stories