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Fan of the Year - Text Page

At Bank of America, we understand what it means to be a sports fan. We share your passion and loyalty for sports through our sponsorships with teams and organizations that embrace the competitive spirit and aspire to achieve a higher standard of accomplishment. 

Since the inception of the Patriots Fan of 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 2020 season, Ralph Melen was recognized as the 34th Patriots Fan of the Year. Ralph has been a season ticket member since 1972. He tells stories of attending games at Harvard and plugging in electric blankets at the 40 yard line of Schaefer Stadium, but perhaps his best story is of his annual lobster tailgate at Gillette Stadium. Prior to the first 1pm home game each season, Ralph and his friends host a lobster bake with over 250 steamed lobsters fresh from Maine! 

While we unfortunately could not meet Ralph in person last year, we look forward to honoring him at a future Patriots home game.

As we begin the 2021 season, we will concurrently begin our search for the 35th Patriots Fan of the Year. Do you know an individual or group of individuals who embody what it means to be a Patriot? If so, we encourage you to share the story of their spirit and commitment to the New England Patriots through a nomination to the New England Patriots Fan of the Year program.

At the conclusion of the 2020 season, Ralph Melen was recognized as the 34th Patriots Fan of the Year. Ralph has been a season ticket member since 1972.
At the conclusion of the 2020 season, Ralph Melen was recognized as the 34th Patriots Fan of the Year. Ralph has been a season ticket member since 1972.
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