A few of us reporters caught up with Lawrence Tynes last night as he was honored in Manhattan for being the first Scotish-born player to ever win a Super Bowl. He was presented with a copy of a letter from Parliament by British consul-general Sir Alan Collins at an event that was sponsored by The Scotch Whisky Asssociation and The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
And yes, he was wearing a kilt … although he did not want to have his picture taken below the waist in it.
“I’m a kicker,” he joked, “I get enough scrutiny as it is.”
Tynes has become a big celebrity in Scotland since winning the Super Bowl with the Giants.
“I think people knew I played in the NFL, but I don’t think it was that big until we won the Super Bowl,” he said.
He’s even been extended an invitation to toss the opening coin and sit in the owner’s box for a Glasgow Celtics game. It’s something he hasn’t been able to do yet because of scheduling.
“I would love to do it,” he said, noting that Celtics was his favorite soccer team growing up in Scotland for the first 10 years of his life. “That’s the team I thought I would end up playing for as a kid. Different kind of football.”
Tynes is trying to make sure it’s not the only kind of football in Scotland. He’s donating money and equipment to develop the American football game in his home country.
“I would love to help promote it,” he said. “They do need a lot of equipment and financial backing, so hopefully I can start doing that.”