Despite the toll a lifetime of cheering for the Razorbacks takes on all of us, one Arkansan has defied the odds to become the oldest living person in America.
Gertrude Weaver was born in southwest Arkansas in 1898 and spent the 4th of July celebrating her 116th birthday. She reportedly called the Hogs during the festivities.
Despite the frequently heartstopping games and heartbreaking finishes we all swear are shortening our lives, Weaver has managed to survive them all.
Weaver cited three factors for her longevity: "Trusting in the Lord, hard work and loving everybody."
"You have to follow God. Don't follow anyone else," she told the Camden News this week. "Be obedient and follow the laws and don't worry about anything. I've followed Him for many, many years and I ain't tired."
Full disclosure: we're not totally certain how much of a Hog fan she may be, but between calling the Hogs getting a happy birthday tweet from the Razorbacks official twitter account, we're going ahead and claiming her.
Happy 116th Birthday going out today to America's oldest living person, Gertrude Weaver, who lives in Camden, Arkansas!— Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) July 5, 2014
Sooie to you, Ms. Weaver!
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