West Des Moines, Iowa Entrant is Tops Among Thousands of Entries in Search For America’s Most Die-Hard Displaced NFL Fan
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 20, 2012 – A West Des Moines, Iowa resident, who is an undaunted loyalist to the Detroit Lions with a tattoo on his leg to prove it, was crowned today as the Ultimate Displaced Fan by DIRECTV, America’s exclusive source for the popular NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ service that allows displaced fans to follow their favorite team no matter where they live.
A first-time entrant in DIRECTV’s Ultimate Displaced Fan search, 37-year-old John Tracy showcased his perpetual passion for the Detroit Lions through an award-winning video submission that earned him a trip for two to Indianapolis to experience Super Bowl XLVI among other prizes.
Loud and proud, Tracy’s video proclaims his love for the boys in silver and blue, showing off a Lions tattoo on his leg, the “D LIONS” plates on his SUV and his endless supply of Lions gear. The video (http://www.ultimatedisplacedfan.com/view-and-vote/?id=258&winner=2) chronicles Tracy’s deeply rooted passion for the Lions that began in 1986 when he purchased a blue corduroy Detroit Lions hat at an Iowa mall while searching for an NFL franchise to call his own. His fandom was sealed when the Lions drafted a quarterback out of the University of Iowa and thus began his long-time allegiance to the Lions.
Tracy traveled hundreds of miles to Michigan and on various road games to show his Lions pride and do his best as a fan to help the team “Restore the Roar,” but left each trip without an in-person win. This year, however, the Lions gave Tracy something to cheer about, having completed one of the best seasons in team history.
“I could hardly believe the news when I got the call from DIRECTV,” said Tracy. “I checked out some of the other entries and definitely knew the competition was stiff, but the fact I was able to clinch the top-honor is still unreal. Experiencing the Super Bowl has been a life-long dream of mine and I am unable to put into words how I feel at this moment and how truly excited I am about Indianapolis. I get to play football with hall-of-fame football players and the biggest celebrities in the world, I cannot believe it.”
The Ultimate Displaced Fan search underscores the value of DIRECTV’s exclusive and most popular sports subscription service, NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, which delivers up to 14 games every Sunday during the regular season, catering to the passionate NFL fans living outside the market of their favorite team.
Fans competed for this unique national distinction by submitting written essays, pictures and/or video entries to www.ultimatedisplacedfan.com. Through their submissions, fans illustrated why they should earn the title of the Ultimate Displaced Fan along with a dream prize package, which includes: a trip for two to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis; a media tour at the famed “radio row” with an NFL player from their favorite team; and the chance to participate in the nationally televised DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl flag-football game. The winner will also receive a year of complimentary DIRECTV monthly programming along with NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ service for the 2012 season.
While Tracy set himself apart with his sincere submission, the following die-hard, displaced fans were recognized with Honorable Mention awards. Each will receive a DIRECTV system and installation, a year of complimentary DIRECTV programming and NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ service for the 2012 season.
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