A lineman for the world champion New York Giants grew up in our area.
A huge sign on the front of a house in South Montrose shows we are in Chris Snee territory. The New York Giants center is a graduate of Montrose High School.
A couple miles away, Snee’s Aunt Patti Ketcham works at the Elk Lake filling station. She could not be more proud of her Super-Bowl-winning nephew, the second time Snee helped his Giants to a title.
Ketcham said Snee deserves every bit of success he has achieved.
“He was always a good boy, always polite. Family. Loves family, especially his family. A good person, likes to do for other people,” Ketcham said.
Snee hasn’t forgotten where he came from. He has made trips back home to help young people, including a punt, pass, and kick event in Montrose in June, 2010.
Ketcham watched the big game after closing the filling station Sunday night, worrying until the last second as Tom Brady of the New England Patriots heaved a hail Mary pass in to the end zone. A catch would have meant a world title for New England and defeat for the Giants.
“I’m thinking, ‘Oh, please, please do it.’ I was excited,” Ketcham added.
She said Snee’s first Super Bowl ring is beautiful and she can’t wait to see the second.
She added See always dreamed of playing in the National Football League, so what we saw last night was proof that dreams do come true.
Chris Snee is expected back in his home town at the end of the month for a nephew’s baby shower.