“Congratulations, I want to introduce myself.”
With that simple greeting, Anthony Sanbanco, a 12-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, officially became the youngest NFL fan to throw a touchdown pass at Super Bowl LI.
The fourth-grade student, a devoted New England Patriots fan, handed the Super Bowl-winning ball from his father to quarterback Tom Brady, moments after New England defeated the Atlanta Falcons to clinch their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
Sanbanco handed the ball to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in recognition of Sanbanco’s passing. Image caption: Twitter: @AnthonySanchinNYC
Sanbanco has since said he would return the ball at Super Bowl LIV, the Patriots’ return match in Miami in February 2020, in return for a round of golf.
It’s the perfect answer. Image caption: Charlotte Lowe:
The New York Times has also reported that his mother, Carrie, has accepted the offer and is arranging for a private delivery of golf clubs from the club located in Sanbanco’s Brooklyn neighbourhood, which has offered to sell Sanbanco four-round membership for $250 (£190).
“He’s very good at golf and he’d appreciate the extra time to work on his game,” Carrie Sanbanco told the New York Times.
But don’t expect to see Santa tweet a photo of him on a golf course after a tweeting in celebration of his throw. “As far as we know, he isn’t even interested in a [worldwide] trophy hunt,” Carrie told the Times.
However, it does offer a potentially cheeky alternative to Super Bowl LIV’s sponsor, Evian’s – a Canadian non-alcoholic sparkling water.
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