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Gulfport resident being inducted into exclusive Saints Superfan club

Gulfport resident Bill Campbell, left, is being recognized by New Orleans Saints fan group April 27. Campbell is know to Saints fans by the name Who Dat Aficionado.
Gulfport resident Bill Campbell, left, is being recognized by New Orleans Saints fan group April 27. Campbell is know to Saints fans by the name Who Dat Aficionado.

Think you’re a New Orleans Saints super fan? You likely don’t have an official membership card — but Bill Campbell does.

On April 27, Campbell, a Gulfport resident known as Who Dat Aficionado, will be inducted into the Big Easy Mafia, an official Saints superfan group.

According to Big Easy Mafia founder Erick Englehardt, Campbell is the only Mississippian in the group. He’ll be inducted alongside Mario Gutierrez, who goes by the Saints alias “DaKrewesader.”

Campbell retired to the Gulf Coast in 2010, which is when his fandom flourished. He later picked up his alter ego, Who Dat Aficionado, because of his love of the Saints and his equal passion for cigars. He can be seen at games wearing a Goorin Brothers hat, glasses and a golden Saints-themed jacket.

There’s a lot that surrounds Who Dat Aficionado, but Campbell said there’s never a dull moment — especially when he’s around other Saints fans.

“You should see the kids,” he said. “People will come up to you and be happy as can be. ‘Can I get a picture? Can I get a picture?’”

“... It’s one thing to be a fan. But it’s another thing to be a super fan.”

The party April 27 will coincide with a Saints draft party, hosted at the Buffalo Wild Wings on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. The Big Easy Mafia will provide giveaways, entertainment and raffles, including a copy of the Saints Superfan book, “Fan-tastic Saints.”

Proceeds from the party will be donated to Autism Speaks, Englehardt said.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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