When 2004 Van-Far graduate Nick Lower and his fiance Anna Love, of Louisiana, Mo., made plans to attend Super Bowl XLVI Media Day festivities on January 31, little did the two of them know they’d make national headlines and have their pictures published in newspapers and internet sites all over the world.
So what drew all the attention? Lower, who is a big fan of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, dressed up as his favorite player and stood out in a large crowd at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Lower’s costume, which is the same he wore to a Halloween costume party last October, included eye black, authentic Patriot’s jersey with a custom three-quarter sleeve Navy colored long shirt, shoulder pads, game pants matching the uniform complete with pads, and two pairs of socks. He also had the top of his ankles taped when he first got there.
Lower had the long hair look of Tom Brady from before the NFL star cut his hair after the 2010 playoffs.
“Aside from the haircut and the facial hair, I got as close as I could get without looking like him,” said Lower, who works as a graphic designer with America Response Vehicles in Columbia, Mo.
When the couple arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium, Lower put on his full costume and waited in line to get through the main gate. He knew the day might be a crazy one when in just a few minutes time, he was approached by USA Today and a British internet news site.
“They were mostly covering how ridiculous it was to pay to get into (Media Day),” Lower said.
Once the two made it inside the stadium, Lower and Love were both ready to sit in the fourth row seats when they realized they were actually in the first row. The first three rows were sectioned off to keep fans away from the wall on the field.
While waiting for 40 minutes for players to come out on the field to start interviews on Media Day, the media, who were also waiting, couldn’t help but see a look-a-like Tom Brady sitting in the stands. Lower said he did 10 interviews in a row and one after another were wanting to talk to him.
The list includes a couple of local Indianapolis affiliates, Boston media locations, he did an interview with VH1 television, NFL Network, the Associated Press, NFL.com, and more. He said he was also interviewed by Spanish and German members of the media.
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