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Clemson football fans gather by the thousands for autographs

See larger Brian Johnson and his 4-year-old son, Bennett, and 5-year-old daughter, Brianna, look into a gated area of Clemson's Memorial Stadium where DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd and Andre Ellington signed autographs during Sunday's Fan Appreciation Day. Fans waited in line for hours to meet the Tigers' most popular players.

Photo by Sefton Ipock, Independent Mail

Brian Johnson and his 4-year-old son, Bennett, and 5-year-old daughter, Brianna, look into a gated area of Clemson's Memorial Stadium where DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd and Andre Ellington signed autographs during Sunday's Fan Appreciation Day. Fans waited in line for hours to meet the Tigers' most popular players.

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  • Fans fill a concourse at Memorial Stadium to meet Clemson players during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Troy Stone of Columbia takes a picture of Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as his 2-year-old son, Tyler, sleeps on his shoulders at Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday. Stone said that Tyler got tired while they stood in line for more than three hours to meet Hopkins and his teammates Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd and Andre Ellington.
  • Brian Johnson and his 4-year-old son, Bennett, and 5-year-old daughter, Brianna, look into a gated area of Clemson's Memorial Stadium where DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd and Andre Ellington signed autographs during Sunday's Fan Appreciation Day. Fans waited in line for hours to meet the Tigers' most popular players.
  • Tyler Killian, 12, of Clover leans across a table to have her picture taken with Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday at Memorial Stadium.
  • Conner Briley, 7, of Seneca gives Clemson University offensive lineman Dalton Freeman a helmet to sign during the football team's Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Clemson University quarterback Tajh Boyd signs a souvenir Sunday afternoon for a fan during Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium.
  • Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins signs a ball for a fan as others wait their turn at Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Clemson fans line up to meet football coach Dabo Swinney at Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday at Memorial Stadium.
  • Clemson University wide receiver Martavis Bryant autographs souvenirs for fans while his cousin Mirena Bryant sits in his lap during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney signs a cup for Payton Quarles, 12, of Batesburg during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney signs a fan's shirt at Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Former Clemson defensive back Chris Chancellor holds his 3-year-old son, Christian, on a table as current Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins signs his shirt at Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Addison Burnette plays on the steps inside of Clemson's Memorial Stadium during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Clemson football fans look around Memorial Stadium during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.

Clemson fans look around Memorial Stadium during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • From left, Clemson fans Tara, Jaxon, Addison and Derek Burnette look around the seating bowl of Memorial Stadium during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday. The Burnette family members were among thousands of people who took part in the annual event for fans to meet members of the Clemson University football team.
  • Clemson fans line up for the chance to meet DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd, and Andre Ellington at Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.
  • Clemson University wide receiver Martavis Bryant returns an autographed football to a fan on Sunday afternoon during Fan Appreciation Day.
  • Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney signs a hat for Brice Miller, 7, of Batesburg during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney signs a hat for Brice Miller, 7, of Batesburg, S.C. during Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.

Clemson football fans gathered by the thousands Sunday afternoon for autographs at the annual Fan Appreciation Day.

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