Family’s 12-son high school football legacy ends

Published On November 20, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

We all know them. They’re the parents with two or three boys from your hometown, cheering on the local football team they so love watching their sons play on. These are not those parents. These are the Superman version of those parents.

Karen and Tom Aho have twelve sons, not to mention three daughters, and from the time their oldest, Steve, now 38, took the field at Dassel-Cokato High School in Minnesota they’ve had at least one son playing at any given time. According to a feature on the Ahos by CBS, it’s been going on since 1989, 24 straight years of football, cold bleachers, and a whole lot of laundry.

The 12-son legacy ended with Dassel-Cokato’s final game of the season this year with the youngest, 18-year-old Seth, finishing up his high school career as a senior.

So Karen won’t need to worry about her sons breaking the ceramic figurines in the living room that was quickly turned into the boys’ romping grounds.

“I could never say my kids grew up so fast because there’s always another one right there,” Karen told CBS. “But now I’ll probably feel it.”

Before you start getting teary-eyed for Karen, don’t worry, she has 49 grandchildren – and counting. Just imagine the athletics possibilities with that bunch. It seems doubtful the Ahos could keep up their perfect record of never having missed a football game their sons played in with their grandchildren, but we’re sure they’ll try.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.