Young Arkansas Razorback Softball Fan Goes Viral
The Arkansas softball team is having one of its best seasons in program history, but at the SEC Tournament in Gainesville, a fan stole the show.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Arkansas had a pretty big weekend on the court, winning their first-ever SEC tournament.
Meanwhile, in the stands, a star is born.
The world first met 6-year-old William Murphy when the Razorbacks played until nearly 1 a.m. local time and the kid couldn’t hold on, as the cameras l were caught falling asleep.
He admits he was “100% tired”.
So when the Razorbacks played in the SEC Semifinals the next day, William prepared.
“Puffed, I got Sour Patch Kids,” William said.
William became a Razorback fan when longtime family friend KB Sides moved to Arkansas last summer.
“I’ve known William his whole life,” Sides said, “and he’s exactly what he shows on TV. He beams with joy and he brings so much fun to the game.”
By the time the championship rolled around on Saturday, William was a celebrity, even opposing fans wanted a photo. Arkansas fans and players welcomed their new king, a culture icon who helped a new transfer like Sides become SEC Player of the Year.
“They really hugged everyone in my whole family, and Coach Deifel loves William,” Sides said. “We even talked about him after the game. It’s so much fun to watch, not only for me, but also for my whole family.
When the Razorbacks stormed the field after winning their first SEC Tournament title, William was there with them, snapping photos with some of his favorites amid confetti.
He can list some of his new friends.
“Linnie, Danielle, Hannah and Taylor,” William said.
William lives in Moultrie, Georgia, so he’ll be rooting for the Hogs from home this weekend. But don’t worry, he’ll be in his lucky shirt.
“I washed it every night, but it’s still dirty,” he said.
If the Razorbacks want their lucky charm to go to Bogle for the playoffs – Hunter Yurachek, balls in your court.
After all, William also attended regular season games in Florida, when Arkansas snapped a decades-long losing streak in Gainesville.
“I’m waiting for them to send me the plane on Friday,” he said.
Either way, if Arkansas makes it to their first College World Series, you’ll hear the call from Moultrie.
“Woo Pig Sooie, Razorbacks!” William shouted.