Michele McGauvran was born in Michigan and followed the Wolverines. Her favorite game was the Michigan vs Notre Dame game. When she saw Joe Montana play she was very intrigued. Michele made a pact that when Montana went into the draft, whichever team took him would be the team she would follow. “The Lions were not very good, so I was willing to go where Joe went”, she says. When Montana was drafted in 1979 Michele was in high school and followed him to the NINERs. She has never looked back. Even though Joe went to Kansas City, Michele stayed a NINER fan forever.
In 2009, The 30th anniversary of Joe Montana’s draft and her following him, she had the tattoo done. It’s Joe Montana’s actual signature copied from a paper he signed. In 2012 when Michele was 49, she drove to New Jersey to get her picture taken with Joe. Michele lives in Summerville, South Carolina and continues to represent as the true Diehard that she is.
Tattoo by Jason Reed at House of Ink Tattoo, Summerville SC