One of the biggest Patriots fans in the world actually lives on the other side of the world.
“I’m 3,700 miles away from Gillette Stadium in Esbjerg, Denmark, across the pond in Europe,” said Kenneth Jorgensen.
Jorgensen is as much of diehard Pats fan as you’ll find. His home is a shrine to the six-time Super Bowl champs.
“I eat, sleep and breathe Patriots 24/7, 365. I basically dedicated my whole life to the Patriots,” he said over Zoom.
The 39-year-old factory worker has been to 15 Patriots games at Gillette Stadium. All wins, by the way.
“It started 1998. The first game they showed on TV in Denmark was the Patriots,” Jorgensen said.
He hasn’t missed watching a game on television in 16 years, even if it means pulling an all-nighter.
“Sunday Night Football is 2:30 in the middle of the night. So, yeah, I get up at 2:30 in the middle of the night and go to work afterwards. I can’t miss a Patriots game,” he said.
That dedication caught the eye of Bill Belichick.
In January, Jorgensen wrote a letter to the head coach about his devotion and love of the Patriots.
“I told him my story that I live in Denmark and I travel to Boston each year to watch the Patriots play and I’m there on vacation for 3 weeks, like the Patriots are my whole life, basically,” he said.
Jorgensen never thought he would hear from Belichick. But, a few weeks later, he was floored when he opened his mail.
“I was like jumping around for joy. I was crying. It meant a lot to me. It really does,” he said.
Belichick sent Jorgensen a note thanking him for his dedication, along with an autographed picture. “It’s once in a lifetime, I guess,” Jorgensen said.
A once in a lifetime for one of the Patriots’ biggest fans, who just happens to live in one of the world’s smallest countries.
Jorgensen said he’s having Belichick’s autographed picture framed this week. He hopes to return to Gillette Stadium in October to cheer on the Patriots, in person, once again.