Editor's Note: This story was corrected based on feedback from Frazier Frans' mother in comments below.
For one special senior night, Frazier Frans wore No. 47 on the Wilson Central sideline.
As far as Wildcat Nation is concerned, he’s their No. 1 fan.
Born with mental and physical conditions that prevent him from playing the sports he loves, Frans and his parents were honored with the rest of Central’s senior football, volleyball, golf and soccer players, band members and cheerleaders before the regular-season finale against Gallatin recently.
When the game kicked off, Frazier did what he always does, cheer on the Wildcats from the sideline where he is officially a manager.
“He’s definitely the biggest Wildcat fan around,” coach Brad Dedman said. “He works hard when he’s there.
“He’s always positive. He’s just an upbeat person, and he just fits in with our team. The team really takes care of him.”
It was the seniors who approached Dedman a few weeks ago asking if Frazier could dress with them on senior night. After clearing it with his parents and the administration, No. 47 was “added” to the roster.
“I was glad he was able to do that,” Dedman said.
“That was the first time he had ever been in a full football uniform,” said his mother, Regina Frans. “He was just excited to wear the uniform and go out and be an honorary captain.
“We were definitely excited for him. My husband was actually able to be off work and be there.”
“It was really exciting, and I had a lot of fun doing that,” Frazier said.
According to his mom, Frazier’s love of sports came from her father, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is a big Ohio State fan. His love of Ohio-based teams extends to the Cincinnati Reds, where his favorite players are first baseman Joey Votto and, because they share a name, third baseman Todd Frazier. In fact, Frazier often wears a Reds jacket to practice and games when the weather’s cool. Frazier said his favorite NFL team and player are the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady.
Frazier began working with the football team at West Wilson Middle School as a sixth-grader when coach Heath Springer, a former Cumberland All-American, struck up a relationship with him in special education class and asked if he wanted to help with the Wildcats.
“He jumped at the chance and he’s been helping ever since sixth grade,” Regina Frans said. “He loves to go to all sporting events and he went to some of the events at West Wilson.”
In addition to working with football, he also helps with the wrestling team at the invitation of coach John Kramer. The oldest of three sons, his youngest brother, Christian, wrestles for the Wildcats while the youngest, Patrick, wrestles and plays football at West Wilson.
“I’d like to help, and maybe we can do what we accomplished last year,” Frazier said of the wrestling team, which finished second in the state last winter.
Frazier also likes basketball and baseball, though he’s strictly a fan.
“In baseball, I go out and watch my friends play,” said Frazier, who has no shortage of friends on the WCHS campus.
“He knows everybody,” Regina Frans said. “The football team is great with him. He knows everybody and everybody seems to know him at the school.”
“He’ll walk up to anybody and he’ll talk your ear off,” Dedman said. “You don’t really have to say anything, just nod your head.
“He comes up with stories from just about anywhere. You’d sit back and laugh. He’ll keep you entertained.”
Frazier will march with the senior class next spring and receive a special diploma. His mother said he’ll be able to continue attending the school until he turns 22. He will be able to do a work-study program next year in which he’ll go to class a couple of days and work a couple of days each week.
“In the future, he’d love to continue to work with some kind of sports team, preferably football, if he had his choice for the long term,” Regina Frans said. “Football is definitely his favorite sport.”
And Frazier is a favorite of the Wildcat football players.
“He’s just a great person to be around our team and we were fortunate he would do that,” Dedman said.