“I’m just a ticket taker at the right-field gate at Dudy Noble. This is God’s gate, but he loaned it to me. Prayer changes things. We pray before we invite y’all in. We pray for the fans, players, and our visitors. Before people leave this stadium, we want to put inspiration in their hearts, no matter where they come from.
I’ve worked here for 12 years. I keep up with the score, but I don’t watch the games. It’s too much for my heart. I get too nervous and holler too much. I pace like I’m trying to get on base myself. This national championship is a milestone for Mississippi State and the fans, students, and professors. And for somebody as small as me. I’m just a vessel standing on the side, but we all have our roles.
This day means a lot to all of us. You’ve been such great fans. You won my heart with your kindness and respect during the ups and downs. Sometimes the young folks come in yelling my name, ‘Margret, Margret, Margret.’ I didn’t even get on the field. I believe you should always come in this gate with a smile, but you should also receive a smile from me. I need each one of you. You inspire me to do a better job.
Before this, I worked in a facility for the handicapped. They are the smartest, most inspiring people I know.
I’m 65 years old and going strong. Before I enter the stadium. I ask God to help me give hope and love to someone who needs it. I let them know it is going to be alright. We are doing this life together.
Link to video of Margaret welcoming the champions to Dudy Noble: https://vimeo.com/570713526