James Lipscomb was at the first ever Bengals game at Nippert Stadium in 1968 and has plans to be at Super Bowl LVI to watch Cincinnati take on the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The 87-year-old fan has never lost faith in the team and he is hoping he might be able to see his favorite team win their first ever Super Bowl live.
Thanks to Bengals legend T.J. Houshmandzadeh, those dreams are a reality. After a video of the fan went viral, Houshmandzadeh asked if Lipscomb had a ticket and how he can get in contact with him.
Upon hearing he would end up at the Super Bowl, Lipscomb said:
"People of the world, I bless you. You have done something that many people would not think of doing. You have been such a wonderful, wonderful bunch of people that have taken me under your wing. I appreciate it, I love you, god bless you. Who Deyyyy … see you at the Super Bowl."
Lipscomb's experience got even better, when he got to meet Houshmandzadeh.
It all started the moment Evan McPherson's kick was good to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime and punched the Bengals' ticket to the Super Bowl, Lipscomb said he put the blanket over his head and sobbed.
A video of his reaction went viral and, since then, Bengals fans began raising money through GoFundMe in a campaign called "get grandpa to the Super Bowl." They have raised over $42,000 so far. It is not yet clear what the family is doing with the money now that Houshmandzadeh has given Lipscomb a ticket.
After several people asking, we are trying to get grandpa to California to see the Bengals play in the SUPERBOWL!! All costs would go towards him and a caregiver to get to the game!! I know it is a big ask, but he is the biggest Bengals fan out there at the ripe age of 86!
My grandfather. He has loved this team since he scouted for them in the Paul Brown era. Had season tickets at Nippert. He has letters back and forth with Bengals brass over the years. I learned to who dey from him. This is pure love right here. He deserves this."
The cheapest ticket to the big game on Ticketmaster is currently at over $5,000, before fees. That is also before transportation, a hotel stay and stadium food. The Bengals are underdogs against the Rams, but they were also underdogs against the defending AFC Champion Chiefs.
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