Patriots Superfan At The Big Game

February 3, 2019 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — The New England Patriots have been to 10 Super Bowls in Jason Williams’ lifetime, but the superfan never made it to the big game.

That changes today.

Williams and his wife, Angela, will be in Atlanta to watch his beloved Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

The 45-year-old pharmacist has considered going to a Patriots Super Bowl before, but couldn’t justify the major cost. Then his dog of 16 years, a bichon named Simon, died within the past year.

“My dog dying made me realize you only live once,” Williams said.

Williams had his “lucky” No. 12 jersey of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady already packed on Monday.

Williams’ life seemingly revolves around Patriots.

He has a tattoo of the Patriots’ logo on his left forearm and plans to expand it if they win Sunday. He has a “man cave” of Patriots clothing and memorabilia, even a light up ugly sweater he says he likes to wear to annoy the haters of his team.

He and his wife even had a Patriots and Boston Red Sox-themed wedding in 2015.

She joked that Patriots and Red Sox clothing is “all he wears.”

Williams said he liked Boston Red Sox player Wade Boggs growing up, so he chose them as his team. He figured he might as well root for another New England team in football, so he chose the Patriots, but only as a casual fan at first.

After they lost their first Super Bowl in 1986 by a score of 46-10, he felt sorry for them and became a big fan.

The Patriots have been especially dominant since winning the 2002 Super Bowl over the St. Louis Rams. They won four more Super Bowls and played in three more since then. Today is a rematch, though the Rams now hail from Los Angeles.

Williams joked the Patriots have sustained their dominance, while last year’s winner, the Philadelphia Eagles, showed they are “a one-hit wonder.”

He knows most people dislike the Patriots because of the constant winning.

“Jealousy breeds hatred,” he said

He sure doesn’t mind the winning, though.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “We expect it.”

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