Every year, Bank of America honors a member of Patriots Nation with its annual Fan of the Year contest, and with 600 Patriots games under his belt, Charlie Underhill was a perfect choice for the first semifinalist.
Charlie first got his season tickets in the fall of 1966, and through the lows, the highs, the road games and three Super Bowls, his ticket collection exceeds the average fan. This milestone is one that secures bragging rights, but it's one Charlie never set out to achieve.
"I never ever gave it a thought. All I knew was the Patriots are playing next week and I'm going," Charlie said.
Of course, this dedication has meant being in the stands for hundreds of games in Foxborough, Charlie also hit the road. From Miami to Buffalo to Denver and more, Charlie can't quite choose a favorite moment in his Patriots history. More than anything, what he remembers is time with his family.
"One of the best things was doing a lot of tailgating with my father and two brothers and my own sons, that's a personal thing," Charlie said. "The other side is I don't think I could really pick out anything outstanding because there are so many of them and it would be unfair to say once is better than another because they've all been great."
As for that tailgating, over the course of the 600 games, it's become a thing of the past.
"I'm a lousy cook," he said with a smile.
Charlie is the first semi-finalist to be announced, and Bank of America will announce the winner of Fan of the Year later this season.