LAWSON, Mo. - Cindy Nye is one of David Tollefson's biggest fans. He's her nephew and is in his fifth year with the New York Giants. A few days after the Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers to win this year’s NFC title, he gave her a call.
"I said, 'How are you?' and I said, 'I'm so proud of you," Nye said.
At first, she thought he might be asking her to help babysit his kids again, which is something she’s eagerly done in the past.
"And he goes, 'No, I got you a Super Bowl ticket!'" Nye said.
While the rest of us “regular people” watch the game on TV, she'll be cheering from the stands.
"I started crying right away,” she said. “And he said, 'Don't cry, you're supposed to be happy.' And I said, 'Oh, I am happy!'"
As a proud aunt, she used to drive to Maryville to watch him play for the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats. She gets to go see him play with Giants a few times a year.
This will be Tollefson’s second Super Bowl. He was still a rookie for Super Bowl XLII in 2008 and didn't get much playing time, but this time is different. Nye expects the strong Giants defense to dominate the game.
"You run those guys side-by-side, somebody's going to get through there and Tom Brady's going to be on his back, hopefully," she said.
You can probably guess how she thinks the game will turn out.
"I think the Giants will beat them by two or three touchdowns,” Nye said. “I don't think it'll be a close game."
She said she went to two games of the 1985 World Series but never thought she’d ever be able to go to a Super Bowl. Her ticket might as well be a ticket straight to paradise.
"Even if the Lord was standing in front of me and said, 'I want your Super Bowl ticket,' I would have to say no. I won't do that!" Nye said.
Cindy says she'll be about sitting with the rest of the Giants’ family members, about 20 rows up behind one of the end zones. If they’ll let her bring it in, she said she has a sign saying hi to her friends in Lawson.
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