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Kevin Boss was a Lions fan because of his dad, his dad is a Giants fan because of him

New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss (89)

New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss (89) is tackled by Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (56) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Houston. Photo Credit: AP

Today is Boss’ Day, so it just seems natural to be writing a story about Kevin Boss.

Actually, the story has more to do with the Giants playing the Lions this Sunday. Kevin Boss grew up in Oregon as a Lions fan. His father, Bob, grew up in a Detroit suburb rooting for the Lions and passed the pain down to his son.

You can read the story here. I thought it was very interesting that Bob Boss said watching the Giants win Super Bowl XLII was in the same ballpark as watching Kevin and his high school team win a state championship. He figured Kevin would grow up to be more like Bill Laimbeer than Barry Sanders.

But Bob also talks about how watching Sanders with Kevin really made an impression on him.

“I remember we always would appreciate Barry because whenever he would score there was no dancing in the end zone, there was just a little flip of the ball to the ref,” Bob Boss said. “I think Kevin really embraced that notion at some level. Barry modeled that behavior well, like he’s been there before. It’s just not his (Kevin’s) nature, plus I think he has some respect for the game. That’s part of it for him anyway.”

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