ASU fans welcome home 2014 bowl champs

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Some people chose to brave the single-digit temperatures Monday for the Arkansas State University football team.

Football fanatics gathered at Liberty Bank Stadium to give the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl champs a proper homecoming, applauding and cheering, "Congratulations!," "Good job!," and "Go, Red Wolves!"

"It's a great feeling to be able to go down there and win two years in a row with Coach Thompson getting a second win under his belt with all the teammates," linebacker Quanterio Heath said.

"The whole game I was thinking, 'We gotta have a win. We gotta have a win.' I knew we were gonna win so it was a blast," linebacker Brad Shearin said.

The players agreed the win was a tribute to the seniors.

"Some of them shed tears because they know it's the last time they would put on the jersey to play football and everything. But we went out on a bang with them," Heath said.

A true example that the team can overcome anything, even five head coach changes in five seasons.

"We went through a lot of adversity. We just persevered through it, kept our heads strong, and just played as a team. And if we play as a team, we win," Heath said.

The team also attributes their winning season to the fans.

"It's really exciting to see the community really support us. Being able to come back to such a supportive fan base is awesome," Shearin said.

"The comeback and the fight the whole game and everything, and then we blocked the field goal, it was just amazing," ASU senior Robert Martin said.

But what was just as amazing was Martin's way of thanking the team.

"I made 120 letters personally thanking them because I'm a big supporter and always will be. And that speaks more than social media," Martin said.

He congratulated the team not only for coming out on top in the bowl game, but also the coaching changes the past four years.

"Even after they graduate, and going on to bigger and better things, they're gonna be able to overcome adversity. Switching jobs, new coaches, you know, go hand-in-hand there, and whenever they get where they're going, they'll be able to handle it," Martin said.

Martin said this is why he is a Red Wolf fan for life.

"We're season ticket holders, me and my family are, and I'll continue to support the Red Wolves," Martin said. "Go, Red Wolves!"

The team wants to send a big "thank you" out to all the fans who watched from home or ventured down to Mobile.

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