I don't remember before being a fan, as I was raised a fan. Remember hating my second grade teacher because she went to Ole Miss and talked about Archie Manning all the time. I remember listening to games over the radio from the family camp site and wishing our team could beat the Crimson Tide. Attended LSU in the early 80s and loved my time in the student section even watching LSU lose to Tulane in the rain.
It's probably tougher these days because expectations have gone through the roof.