July 12, 2024

After the Detroit Lions defeated Tampa Bay last weekend to secure a spot in the NFC championship game in San Francisco, the Windsor brothers received a call from their father.

Will recalled, “I was just flabbergasted when my dad basically said, hey, just bought tickets for the NFC championship game, are you able to fly out?”

“This is incredible. This is fantastic. I’m thrilled. He’s a capable father. J.T. grinned broadly and said.

He is still on a high after seeing the game at Ford Field last weekend, for which he has season tickets.

“Well, I’ve been disappointed quite a few times, but lately, we’re going to take this train, and I want to be at ground zero when it happens.”

Will is excited to spend time with his family and be in the midst of a sea of Lions supporters in the City by the Bay.

We’re going to go into San Francisco and change the Golden Gate into the Lions Gate,” he said.

According to Vivid Seats Lions fans will take up 20 per cent of Levi’s Stadium Sunday.

“I’m not packing anything else but my shirts and hats and that,” said Nick Malian who, along with his dad and brother, will be rockin’ the Honolulu blue with thousands of others. The family has held season tickets for over three decades.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever get a chance to go back to an NFC Championship game as a Lions fan and I thought you know this would be great especially to be able to go with my two sons.”

Nick feels blessed. “The stars aligned that we can all get there and see hopefully a Lions victory.”

A facilitator for the family trip is former Windsor Lancers quarterback Sam Malian who moved to California before the new year for work.

He has fond memories of being a fan taking trips to Pontiac.

“And tailgating on Thanksgiving Day so the fact that we’re coming full circle now to the three of us reuniting for the NFC Championship game is pretty cool,” sam said.

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