Beloved Captain Aggie passes away peacefully in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – Soon after news broke on Twitter Thursday evening that “Captain Aggie” Andy Pedersen had passed away at his Smithfield home, Utah State University responded with a heartfelt tribute to one of its most loyal fans.

“Captain Aggie was one-of-a-kind,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell in a news release. “His tremendous support of Utah State athletics over nearly 50 years will be deeply missed.”

Utah State Athletics tweeted, “Forever an Aggie. #RIPCaptain,” with USU Head Football Coach Matt Wells tweeting, “Sad news tonight on the passing of @captainaggie1. #Aggiefamily lost a true blue Aggie. So loyal and supportive. #RIPCaptainAggie. #legend.”

Having suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for 25 years, Pedersen was nonetheless undaunted in his passion for Aggie sports. Wearing his signature helmet and cape, he was an icon in the stands, cheering with gusto for his favorite team.

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“Andy was as dedicated to Aggie athletics as any fan,  and his unwavering support was appreciated by every administrator, coach and student athlete,” Hartwell said. “Our condolences and prayers go out to Andy’s family. He will be missed.”

The original announcement of Captain Aggie’s passing came from his own Twitter account, likely posted by his wife, Judy. “Bad news @captainaggie1 fans. Captain Aggie passed away peacefully today. Thank you for being so good to him. Give him an A-G-G-I-E cheer. Thank you.”

Utah State University said an official tribute will be paid to Pedersen during the upcoming athletics season. Twitter is ablaze tonight with well wishes to Captain Aggie’s wife and family and gratitude for a beloved fan. 

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