Woman Honors Her Dad, an LSU Superfan, by Planting Tiger Stadium Sod on His Grave
“Now you can rest under Tiger Stadium until the end of time!"
When LSU gave away sections of Tiger Stadium sod on Monday, fans lined up to secure a piece of football history. Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson told Southern Living that more than 3,000 18"x24" slabs of the hallowed turf disappeared in less than 10 minutes.
Catherine Glueck was one of the lucky few able to get her hands on the coveted sod. And what she chose to do with it has moved the nation.
With help from Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Catherine, 28, used her four slabs to blanket the grave of her father Gregory, a devoted Tiger fan who passed away in 2015.
"You’d love our QB this year. I’m sad you weren’t here to watch it, but I got you the next best thing. Now you can rest under Tiger Stadium until the end of time!" she wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
Catherine told The Advocate that her father, a Baton Rouge native, got his start with LSU Football as an usher for the team before home games in the late 1960s to early 1970s. He went on to spend seven years there as an undergraduate while working as a trainer for the gymnastics and wrestling teams.
Gregory’s support for the Tigers never wavered. Every year for the rest of his life he purchased two season tickets— one for him and one for his two daughters.
"He was everything LSU. He would be so excited to be buried under the turf where LSU went 12-0 for a perfect season,” Catherine told the paper. “If Joe Burrow wins the Heisman, he would be so happy by the fact that he's buried under Heisman turf."