Loyola's Sister Jean Bobbleheads May Soon Return

Bernie Tafoya
March 22, 2018 - 11:22 am
Sister Jean Loyola

Sister Jean, the 98 year old chaplain of the Loyola Ramblers, watches the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you’ll be watching the Loyola Ramblers take on Nevada in Thursday’s NCAA tournament game, chances are you’ll see on the CBS Sports set a bobblehead of Loyola's super-fan Sister Jean.  

"It was very popular, widly popular on campus and they went pretty quickly," said WBBM Morning Producer, Zac Weber.

He posted a picture of a bobbledhead of the now 98-year-old nun, Sister Jean who is a fixture at Loyola basketball games. Weber received it when he was a student at the university in 2011 and this week CBS Sports spotted his post and asked to borrow the bobblehead for the broadcast. 

Weber sait it is appropriate Sister Jean is getting so much attention.

"The one, sort of, thread that has been common throughout all of the graduating classes has been how awesome and enjoyable Sister Jean is to have around campus," he said.

The bobbleheads were a game giveaway at team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt’s bobblehead night in February 2011 and 2015. But lucky for fans, Loyola University is planning to have another run of Sister Jean bobbleheads. 

“We’re looking at doing another run very soon,” Tom Sorboro, senior associate athletic director for external operations, told the Chicago Tribune via email from Atlanta, where the Ramblers will face seventh-seeded Nevada Thursday night.

“At this point, everything Sister Jean-related is of tremendous interest. She essentially has become her own brand. … When people hear about the bobbleheads the first question they ask is, ‘Where can I buy one?’ … We’re hoping to be able to answer that question with something other than ‘Nowhere, right now,’ very soon.”