A video of a surprise for a long-time Bengals fan became an
instant hit on the internet a few weeks ago.
In the video, Brian Kinney surprised his
father, Steve, an Ohio native, with a trip to his first NFL game to see his
Kinney was born in Mansfield to a family of Browns fans, grew up
in Dayton before moving to Texas, New Jersey and settling in Connecticut.
He's been a fan of the franchise since its inception in 1968.
"Being the rebellious
teenager, I became an instant Bengals fan and have been ever since," said Steve
From that point forward, he had
never been to a Bengals game, let alone an NFL game, until Sunday. But,
after gifts of a new Bengals hat, a signed jersey, and the tickets from his
family, things changed.
His son, Brian, executed the
surprise with the whole family for the appreciative, humble man he calls his
"I knew that he has never
been to an NFL game. I just went to my first one this season. I
went to the Manning Bowl with my wife, and I had that experience, and I thought
I really need to have this experience with my father," said Brian Kinney.
Upgraded seats, on-field pregame
passes, a nice steak dinner and meeting Marvin Lewis and the team are just some
of the added perks for the lifelong fan.
"I'm so excited for my
dad. This entire thing, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's been
such a slam dunk for me to be a son, and do this for my dad," said Brian
Tailgating and chatting it up
with other Bengals fans on Sunday, you wouldn't know Kinney has never walked
the lots of Paul Brown Stadium on game day.
"If this thing had stopped
before we even got on the plane, it would have been over-the-top
memorable. Every minute that I'm awake since we got to Cincinnati has
just been over-the-top overwhelming," said Steve Kinney.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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