Mr. Aggie, family spent decades supporting NMSU athletics

With the 57-year Aggie football bowl game drought snapped, many New Mexico State University fans, such as Clay Fiske and his son, Bill, were known to support the Aggies through it all. 

Clay ’77, who earned the nickname, “Mr. Aggie,” traveled from his home in El Paso to nearly every Aggie basketball and football game, home and away, even in the last years of his life until his death in 2005. 

Class of 1959 graduates, Bill who met his wife, Nancy at NMSU, was an avid Aggie supporter until his death in 2015. 

“I didn’t go to many of the Aggie games until I married him (Bill), and then I don’t think I ever missed one,” Nancy says. “We had a lot of fun at the ballgames and at Aggie functions. New Mexico State was a big, big part of our lives, and we loved it.”

Bill and Nancy’s daughter, Kim Garcia, can imagine what a thrill the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl game would have been for both her father and grandfather.

“They would have been ecstatic,” she says. “I can hear my granddad say ‘it’s about time,’ and being so excited. Knowing my grandfather, they would have found a way to travel with the team.”

Garcia considers Aggie games a significant part of her childhood, which continued with a fourth generation, her children. 

“Every weekend we would go to a football game or basketball game. It was a family affair for me, my brother, my parents and grandparents,” she says. 

Tiffany Acosta

Clay Fiske, who was a halfback for the NMSU football team from 1932-36, was a passionate fan. He shared a love for the Aggies with his son, Bill.