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Since the inception of the Patriots Fan of the Year Award in 1987, the New England Patriots have presented 34 individuals with the Joseph R. Mastrangelo Memorial Trophy, honoring the fan or fans that best represent the spirit of the Patriots. These individuals have all embodied extreme passion, unwavering dedication and a deep level of loyalty.
At the conclusion of the 2021 season, Francis "Buddy" Martin was recognized as the 35th Patriots Fan of the Year. In his time cheering on the Patriots and being a season ticket holder since 1976, Buddy has proven his fandom in all highs and lows of the Patriots dynasty. Buddy, after purchasing season tickets at the original Patriots stadium, has attended 2 Super Bowls and brings his family to every home game he attends. Throughout his many years following the team, Buddy truly exhibits what it means to be a loyal and true Patriots fan.
On January 2nd, 2022, Buddy Martin was honored on field at Gillette Stadium prior to the final home game of the season as the Fan of the Year winner. Buddy was joined by Robert Kraft, a Bank of America representative, and members of the Mastrangelo family on field while he received his trophy and custom 2021 Fan of the Year jersey.