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New England Patriots Organization and Mr. Kraft turn their back on diehard fan
What I am about to send you is that of my story and just the other day sitting down with a few friends and talking about this they told me I should tell the press.
What should have been the picture perfect super bowl XLII rivalry party instead was me sitting down and writing to two NFL franchises with a heavy heart and tear-filled eyes. The following is the letter I wrote to Mr. Kraft and the New England Patriots.
January 24th, 2008
One Patriot Place
Foxborough, Ma. 02035-1388
Wow another Super Bowl! Congratulations for yet another amazing achievement! Understanding what the Super Bowl means to any National Football League Team I send you my sincere wishes for accomplishing another wonderful year full of recorder breaking and accomplishing something that all teams dream of and only the great achieve. Being raised in New England I am proud to say that I am a New England Patriots fan and always have been. I write you and your organization to say “Thank you”, the reason for that is my brother is and was a Big Blue fan can you believe it he loved the Giants. As you see in Gillette Stadium at each and every game a young boy with a glow in his eyes and excitement in his voice as the players take the field his thoughts turn to dreams and hopefully those dreams turn to reality because of players like Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Matt Light, Laurence Maroney, Coach Belichick and so many more.
Although my brother was not a fan of the Patriots he was a fan of the sport he loved, cheered and represented the Giants as I do the Patriots with my heart and soul. March 10th 2007 I lost my brother to a fatal accident where he fell thirty feet to his death leaving behind a wife and two children. It’s been almost a year now and there is not a day that goes by that we do not miss him dearly.
Him and I would always get loud with each other arguing about what team was better although it was done in a joking manner boy did we ever get each other going. Almost every picture I have of my brother he is wearing something Giants and I am wearing the Patriots sibling rivalry at its best! I say Thank You for a Super Bowl Game that has some much more meaning than the last few because now it’s like my brother and I are arguing over who is the better team again, and its giving me a bit of closure! Thank you once again and as always GO PATS!
The following is the letter I wrote to the New York Giants Organization.
January 24th, 2008
Mr. Mara & Mr. Tisch
East Rutherford, New Jersery 07073
Re: Super Bowl XLII
Wow The Super Bowl! Congratulations for an amazing achievement. Understanding what the Super Bowl means to any National Football League Team, I send you my sincere wishes for accomplishing an achievement that all teams dream of and only few achieve.
Although I was raised in New England and myself being that of a New England Patriots fan, I write you and your organization this letter on behalf of my brother. As you see in your stadium at each and every game a young boy with the glow in his eyes and excitement in his voice when the Giants take the field his thoughts turn to that of hopes and dreams and those dreams someday turn into reality because of players like Mr. Manning, Lawrence Tynes, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Coach Coughlin and so many more. My brother was one of those young boys and although his dream was not that of being a professional football player but that of being a chef and building new houses, he loved, cheered and represented that of a New York Giants fan. March 10th, 2007 I lost my brother to a fatal accident where he fell thirty feet from the roof of a house to his death leaving behind a wife and two small children. It’s been almost a year now and there is not a day that goes by that we do not miss him dearly.
Him and I would always get loud with each other arguing about what team was better although in was done in a joking manner boy did we ever get each other going. Almost every picture I have of my brother he is wearing something that has to do with the Giants. So because my brother is unable to say it “Congratulations” and always remember that there is a Giants Angel watching and cheering you and your organization on.
I myself Thank You for a Super Bowl that I have dreamed of and means so much more than all the others as now it’s like my brother and I are playing each other one last time! Thank you!
After sending these letters to each of the above franchises I got a response from that of my rival team the New York Giants they sent me a letter and one of the championship hats that they wore when the won the superbowl. With hearing nothing from the very team I support it weighs heavy with me. Seeing how the New England Patriots are out front and center when it comes to charities which I will never deny is amazing but when the cameras are off and the press go home their caring personalities do as well.
I have went from working full time and modeling on the side to someone that now has to depend on others to get me from point A to point B. I walk with Canadian crutches that I am currently looking to have custom painted with the Patriots logo. My car has Patriots inside and out as does my bedroom. I am a Transplanted New Englander living in Florida and not afraid to show my pride.I broke my back and in the past 2 years I have had 12 surgeries with the most recent being Friday. And all I ever hoped for was a response from my team. The team that makes me proud to be a fan on a daily basis.
If there is anything else please let me know.... It breaks my heart that the Giants of all teams responded and mine couldn't
- My life