I'm a sucker for any story that begins with: "Person X has (insert thing here) at all (insert number here) Super Bowls." Here's another one.
Toma is 88 and works as a consultant for the NFL. On Tuesday, Toma watched as a crew painted the end zones with the logos of the Patriots and Falcons. NRG has an artificial surface, but it will still take a crew of more than 100 to have the field at the standard set for a game that will be watched by more than 110 million people in the United States alone.
Toma started his grounds crew career at the age of 12 in his hometown of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. His career took him to Cleveland to work with the Indians before a long run in Kansas City.
"The dad said, 'What will coach Lombardi do? He comes up with something big for every game,'" Toma said. "So he had Max McGee, who had been out drinking all night the night before, come into the game and (catch two touchdown passes). That's what I remember from the first game."