WESTPORT - Bernie Izzo has been roaming the sidelines of the Staples High School football field for 50 years, earning him the nickname 'Bernie Football.'

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Bernie, a florist by trade, says he's always enjoyed plants, flowers and nature, but all he's ever really wanted to do is be a football fan.

Every Friday, Bernie Football patrols the sidelines vocally and respectfully. He says he's only been escorted off the sidelines once in his tenure as a fan.