- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Make it 48 Super Bowls in a row for Donald Crisman, Larry Jacobson and Tom Henschel.

The three fans have attended every Super Bowl. The streak began Jan. 15, 1967, when Green Bay beat Kansas City 35-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They are now in the New York-New Jersey region for Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium

Jacobson, 74, of San Francisco, went to the first game to impress a woman he wanted to date. His airfare, tickets, car, program and dinner for the day “cost less than $100.” The woman he eventually married, Jonell, was his date for Super Bowl XI.

Crissman, 77 of Kennebunkport Beach, Maine, was working in Denver for Capital Federal and pulled free tickets to his first three Super Bowls.

“At an early point I said this could turn into the World Series of football and I think it has,” Crisman said Friday, “and then some.”

Henschel of Natrona Heights, Pa., was working for an airline in Chicago and tending bar at night. He got to know members of the Chicago Bears, who supplied him with tickets early on.

“After three or four years, I said I have to do this every year,” Henschel said.

The trio had a fourth member until two years ago, when Bob Cook of Brown Deer, Wis. died at the age of 79. They also had a ticket for the first Super Bowl, when prices were $6, $10 or $12. Tickets to this year’s game range from $500 to $2,600.


BEAST MODE: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch took time Friday night to promote his Fam 1st Family Foundation.

Lynch showed up at a Times Square restaurant with his cousin, Cincinnati quarterback Josh Johnson, and Jennifer Montana, wife of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. The promotion was for a “Beast Mode Key” necklace designed by Montana with sales benefiting Lynch’s foundation.

Lynch became the talk of Super Bowl week with his reluctance to speak to the media and made note of that in his brief comments to an audience of Seahawks fans.

“I’m pretty sure you’re all familiar with what’s been going on about the media and about that action. … Off the field is what I say I identify with. I’ve been with my cousin the last 7 years with our foundation. The football camp that has sponsored about 800 kids, giving them free clothes, free shoes and free access to a lot of things they wouldn’t be able to get without the help from us.

“We get a kick out of it because we get to come back to the neighborhood where we struggled at and give something back to the youth.”


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