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End of an era: 12-son football dynasty finally ends at Minnesota high school (video)

Nov 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT


Karen and Tom Aho have been big fans of Dassel-Cokato High School (Minn.) football since 1989, and with good reason: they’ve had a son on the varsity every season since then. Yep, the school has gone 24 straight years with at least one Aho brother on the team — a total of 12 boys, the last of whom is a senior this year. The streak came to an end last week with Dassel-Cokato’s last game of the season.

This makes them among the longest-serving parents in U.S. high school football, according to CBS News.

“Mom and dad– it’s very obvious they were passionate about their football and their sports and their kids,” said son Steve, who at 38 is the oldest. Seth is the youngest at 18. In between, are too many to name — or for that matter, even notice. Can you imagine all these guys growing up under one roof?

“When we bought the house, this green carpet was here,” said Karen, “They said, ‘It’s a natural playing field.’”

Over the years, Karen said they broke almost her entire collection of ceramic figurines. The kids blame her for setting them on what is clearly a goalpost crossbar.

The current streak may soon be at an end, but a new one should be beginning soon. Karen and Tom has 49 grandchildren.

  1. manchestermiracle - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Twelve sons? I’m thinking there was something else they were even more passionate about…..