Tigers Fan Lands In National Spotlight

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Last night, it was all about Tigers football as more than 45,000 fans came out to cheer on Memphis at the Liberty Bowl.

But one fan in that sea of blue caused the internet to explode.

A University of Memphis student took air guitar at a football game to a whole new level, landing him on ESPN's SportsCenter.

His name is Walker Laury. You may also know him as the ‘Vanilla Gorilla.’

Laury says he was just trying to have a good time here and never expected what happened next.

The University of Memphis sophomore says he was just like any other fan at Thursday’s game.  

It was his first Memphis football game. And Laury danced, cheered, and air guitared in the stands.

"We were trying to get on the rock out cam. I didn't make it."

But he caught someone else's eye--the folks behind SportsCenter on ESPN.  

Videos of him rocking out to his air guitar made the rounds on Twitter and Instagram. Thousands of people have since liked and shared the video.

"My phone has gone berserk, it is non-stop. My battery was at 100 this morning and now it's dead because of the notifications. It's pretty awesome. I didn't think I would end up on ESPN SportsCenter."

Laury is surprised by all the attention.

“I'm a little awestruck. I've had three girls tell me they want to marry me.”

His advice on how to become an instant internet celebrity is to put all you have into your air guitar.

“You got to get your body into it.”

It helps to think of a good song.  

"When ‘Free Bird’ is going through your mind and you want to rock out," explained Laury.

But at the end of the day it's not about being on ESPN, becoming an internet sensation or the Twitter marriage proposals.

"I’m glad I got to make some memories."

The Vanilla Gorilla isn't going away anytime soon, he’ll plans to be up on the big jumbotron at the next home game.  


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