Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Tom Canavan
The Associated Press
NEW YORK – Make it 48 Super Bowls in a row for Donald Crisman, Larry Jacobson and Tom Henschel.
Don Crisman of Kennebunk holds up a few of the footballs he has collected over 44 years of attending all the Super Bowl football games. Crisman is a charter member of the Never Miss a Super Bowl club.
2010 Associated Press File Photo/Pat Wellenbach
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. The friends 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.
Crisman, 77, of Kennebunk, 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 Natrone 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.