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Who is Rudy Flyer?
DAYTON -- He's one of biggest members of the Dayton Flyers but he doesn't even play. Still, he's a fan favorite.
"This is going to be my third week in a row on the road with the team but this is my dream," said UD senior Kevin Greco, who brings the mascot Rudy Flyer to life. "I've been wanting to travel to March Madness since I first became Rudy."
As UD Basketball goes further and further in the tournament, no one gets more excited than Greco.
"I came out onto the court," said Greco about the win over Syracuse. "I was just dancing and going crazy and hugging some of the players, high-fiving the cheerleaders. It was great."
Now a senior, Greco has been cheering on the Flyers from inside the Rudy mascot costume since his freshman year. And after four years, this is the furthest he's seen the team go.
"What a way to go out and I don't think we are done yet," he said.
Rudy, the cheerleaders and the pep band left Tuesday for Memphis. When they get to Memphis, UD will play against Stanford and Rudy will try to outshine Stanford's mascot, which is a tree. Greco wouldn't talk trash about their mascot, because he says he has some questions about his costume as well.
"The one thing that I've never gotten answered in my four years doing this is Rudy is a human being, but he only has four fingers," said Greco.
The mechanical engineering major will be graduating this year and will pass the Rudy costume on to the other men he alternates with. Greco says he'll definitely miss it. And the UD fans will miss him as well.
"Rudy's got some good dance moves," said cheerleader Missy Gottschlich.
"There's a lot of sweat," said Greco. "It is a hot job, but when you're in the moment and the game is on the line or you're taking a picture with the fans or messing with someone that just goes away. It doesn't really matter."
Greco is also superstitious. He says he's wearing the same outfit he wore for the last game.
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