Razorback homecoming is this week and campus has been alive with activity. It’s a time when alumni come home to call the hogs and you’ve probably seen one of them at Razorback Stadium a time or two.
Dick Trammel is a former University of Arkansas cheerleader who’s been at homecoming games for the last 62 years. Trammel is known and loved by many at the university and you can always catch him on the 50-yard line during homecoming.
Trammel said, “I am a Sigma Chi, my fraternity brothers come up to me and said you’re going out for cheerleader. And I am from a little town in Eastern Arkansas that didn’t have male cheerleaders, and I said, you gotta be kiddin!”
Most day’s you can find him working for the State Highway Department but when game day comes, he hangs up his suit for his old uniform.
“Friends used to say, ‘Dickey Ray, why do you go out there? I mean you’re a business man. You know, why do you go out there?’ I said, let me you something! You’ve never called the Hogs on the 50-yard line,” said Trammel.
He said, There’s no other feeling like calling the hogs from the field. Though he said, homecoming has changed a bit over the years.
“And I said, the first time I called the Hogs on the 50-yard-line,there might have been 17 thousand fans. But you go out today and probably next Saturday evening, when we play Ole Miss, I’m gunna call the Hogs for 72-thousand fans! ” Trammel exclaimed.
He said friends joke with him about how much longer he’ll call the hogs. “They said,how long you gunna do this? I said, as long as I can crawl out to the 50 yard line! So at 79, I can stand up! But if I have to I’ll crawl!”
All jokes aside, this is something he’s proud to be apart of. Something he said is bigger than him.
“I take pride, I was at the first one. I was a charter member of the Alumni Cheerleader Squad,” said Trammel.