“No one says, that concert would have been much better on TV,” Kevin Woods wrote recently in an effort to explain his advanced level of fandom.
If you’ve been to a VCU Basketball game at some point in the last decade, you probably know Kevin Woods. He’s the 6-foot-4, gregarious, bearded face of the Rowdy Rams, the impassioned soul of the VCU student section. Woods, complete with hand-me-down jerseys spanning various eras of VCU hoops and black and gold wigs, has been one of the driving forces, and in many years, the de facto ringleader of the organization.
VCU Basketball is a way of life for the 28-year-old Varina native. It’s why his wife, Rachel, estimates his wardrobe is “80-90 percent” VCU-related. It’s why driving 20-hours round trip in one day for a single basketball game is just something you do. It’s why he’s known to camp out four, six, eight even 10 hours before a game just to get a seat.
“I think he’s just found a passion,” Rachel said. “He loves sports, he enjoys people. As much as he tries to convince people he’s an introvert, he’s an extravert. He likes to share what he enjoys, and for him, that’s VCU Athletics.”
It’s also why he’s attended every men’s basketball home game since the start of the 2003 season. There’s not much that could keep him from sitting standing and jumping in his usual seat, at the front of the student section, not even surgery.