DeMerit's Super Bowl dreams ride with Packers

Jay DeMerit

Photo Credit: 
Philip Jarmain

Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Jay DeMerit
has spent the past eight years watching the Super Bowl abroad, but his first
chance to watch the big game back in his home country couldn’t have been better

The US national team defender will take in Sunday's big game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers from Whitecaps camp
in Casa Grande, Ariz.

DeMerit is a die-hard Packers fan and is
ecstatic to see his team in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998. He
took some time to talk to about his love for the Packers,
explaining that when you grow up in Green Bay, it just comes with the
territory. How
did you become a Packers fan?

When you’re born in Green Bay, you’re just born a
fan. You’re born into what it means with the loyalties, the traditions, the
history and all that comes along with it. It’s a very unique place to grow up,
because when you live and breathe a team, that’s a very special thing in
sports. Who
did you idolize growing up?

Well, you’ve got the guys like Don Majkowski in my
era, and then the Brett Favre era, of course. A lot has been said about Favre
over the years, but ultimately, he defined that city and the way he played is
exactly what the city is all about. He would definitely be my No. 1 mentor
growing up, as far as an athlete.

[inline_node:327227] What
memories do you have following the team as a youngster?

DeMerit: In Green Bay, football is a part of life. They
say that there are two things people do on Sundays in Green Bay: go to church
and then watch the Packers. And that’s pretty much the way everyone in Green
Bay grows up. It’s a pretty special place when it comes to football. How’s
the Tweetdown going with
Chivas USA midfielder and Pittsburgh
Steelers fan
Ben Zemanski?

It’s fun. I’ll talk as much trash as it takes to
back up my Pack. What
are your plans for the big game?

I don’t know what the plans are yet. I know we have
training, but hopefully we can get off and see a good game. I’m trying to bargain as many guys to get on my side as possible. So I might have to get my
wallet out and start bribing people with snacks and sodas and hats and
paraphernalia, and all sorts of things like that. It’ll be fun. Do
you have a cheesehead?

I do have a cheesehead, but I didn’t bring a
carry-on to Arizona. But I did manage to find a foam football Packer hat that I
will be debuting along with other Packer gear on Super Bowl Sunday. What’s
your prediction?

I think it’s going to be 34-27 for the Pack.

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