Two-time Super Bowl Champion Trey Flowers made his way to Springfield Saturday night.
Saturday night was Military Appreciation Night and Patriots fans gave the two-time Super Bowl champion a warm welcome to western Massachusetts.
The Springfield Thunderbirds rolled out the red carpet for New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers to celebrate Trey and the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl win.
25-year-old Flowers secured his second championship in three seasons with the Patriots after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53. And in just nine career playoff games, Flowers has 39 tackles and five and a half sacks.
Saturday night’s game also honored veterans and their families and remembered loved ones lost.
“They put their lives on the line for our freedom and things,” Flowers told 22News. “So it’s definitely an unbelievable honor just to be here with them and show their respects.”
State Chapter Director of Honor and Remember of Massachusetts, Brian Miller said Saturday night’s recognition of military servicemen was an honor.
“Throughout the year, sports teams like the Thunderbirds they step up and honor the veterans no matter what time of year it is,” Miller told 22News. “Let them know we never forget about them or their families.”
Flowers told 22News it was a pleasant surprise to see so many western Massachusetts’ Patriots fans come out to show their support.
Dozens of fans waited in line to meet the two-time Super Bowl champion. Brandon Schatel of Springfield said, “It’s a dream. I’ve always wanted to meet a Patriots player, any one of them, it doesn’t matter, but it’s just a dream to meet at least one of them in my life.”
Patriots fan Tanner Martell of Chicopee added, “It was a great opportunity and I just really enjoyed it.”
Flowers even posed for photos with Gold Star Families at Saturday night’s game.
The Thunderbirds defeated the Providence Bruins 4-2 in a sold-out game at MassMutual Center.