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CU Buffs superfan celebrates 99th birthday

Fans sang "Happy Birthday" to Peggy at a CU men's basketball game last week. She rarely misses a basketball or football game.

BOULDER, Colo. — The Colorado Buffaloes' biggest fan celebrated a big birthday over the weekend.

Peggy Coppom turned 99 years old on Sunday.

At a men's basketball game last week, the home crowd at CU Events Center sang "Happy Birthday" to Coppom.

Coppom and her late twin sister, Betty Hoover, have been known for decades as superfans of the Buffaloes.

Known fondly as CU's “Twins,” the pair together attended more than 3,000 football, basketball and Olympic sporting events at CU after moving to Boulder in 1940. Coppom and Hoover were inducted into a new Legacy Wing in the Hall of Honor at CU last year.

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Peggy Coppom is hugged by Maya Davis, a member of the Colorado dance team, after an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023.
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Earlier this year, Coppom received a visit at her home from Buffs head football coach Deion Sanders. 

Coppom met Sanders at her door before having a kitchen table discussion about his taking over the football program last month.

  "I'm Peggy. Are you Prime?"

   "That's what they call me."

   "Do I call you that or—"

   "Call me anything you want."

   "How about good looking? That'll do."

Coppom told Sanders she thought "God answered our prayers" when he came to coach CU.

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Colorado head coach Deion Sanders, left, leads long-time supporter Peggy Coppom to kick the football before the first half of the team's spring practice NCAA college football game Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


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