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How many people can say they have never missed a Super Bowl and have attended all 54 in person? It’s a very small club called the “Never Missed a Super Bowl” club. 

According to WMTW.com, there are only three members left in the club, and one of them is Maine resident Don Crisman, 85, of Kennebunk. And for the past half-century, there have been times when he encountered some obstacles to his in-person attendance at the Super Bowl.

Given the pandemic, Crisman’s hopes were not high that he would make it to Tampa Bay this year. Especially after he heard from the NFL. Crisman tells WMTW.com, “I had pretty much been thinking it wasn’t going to happen, and on New Year’s Day the NFL sent us an email saying, ‘They weren’t going to be able to help you.’ So, I started to accept it. You know, this is the best way to end it.”

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The in-person attendance at the big game this year will be limited to 22,000 and they will be spread out across the stadium. According to WMTW.com, the Wall Street Journal heard about Crisman’s story and contactedh the NFL, per the news outlet. Crisman still has to pay for both his and his daughter’s tickets, but the NFL is giving him and his daughter the opportunity to attend.

Crisman has already received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but given his age he is not taking any chances and plans to keep away from the crowds and stick to large, open areas. He will also have a reunion of sorts with the two other members of the club and do a small media event. 

You may wonder, given that Crisman is a long time New England Patriots fan, who he will be cheering for. He knows that New England fans are split on what they want Brady’s fate to be, but Crisman hopes Brady wins.

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