By Tom Wood
Ardent Vanderbilt football fan Mike Harris patiently waited in line for nearly a half hour to spend a few minutes talking with Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason.
It was Dec. 4, and the Commodore faithful had gathered at the Student Life Center on campus to hear players and coaches discuss the team’s upcoming Independence Bowl trip to Shreveport, Louisiana, to play North Carolina State on the day after Christmas.
Mason stayed long after the official program, addressing the crowd and the media and to shake hands and take pictures with a bunch of excited, bowl-starved fans.
For Harris, a 37-year-old season-ticket holder from Nashville, this was no normal meet-and-greet.
He wanted to show Mason how he had literally taken the “Anchor Down” battle cry to heart – actually, his leg.
When Harris finally reached the front of the line, he chatted with Mason like a long-lost friend, then hiked his right pants leg and showed off his pride and joy tattoo – an impressive black-and-gold anchor on the outside of his right leg with “Anchor Down” etched below.
Mason was fascinated, wondering if something similar might be in his future.
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