Big Game on Fox44: Lee Keller; From the turfs of UVM to Super Bowl 48

Published 01/30 2014 06:57PM

Updated 01/30 2014 07:07PM

In 1986 Lee Keller was a soon to be University of Vermont Grad with no job options in a competitive field. So he took a chance and wrote a letter to legend, and now he's here at super bowl 48, his 14th Super Bowl.

"Shot in the dark. He gave me a good response back and took him up on the offer. I went down and worked spring training on my vacation time then eventually it turned into a full time job as I became head groundskeeper for Vermont Expos."

And so began a 28 year friendship between Lee Keller. Now the turf manager for the University of Vermont and turf management legend George Toma, who will be working his 48th Super Bowl. Together they've worked each super bowl since 2001, and they've been hard at work at MetLife stadium and the two practice facilities since the 13th. They're almost ready.

"We have some touch up painting to do. Hopefully the weather allows us to do that. We painted all the initial stuff under heated tents. The trophy logos still need a little bit more work and hopefully we'll be able to touch that up in the next few days."

It's a lot of work, but this work is Lee's dream come true.

"The NFL has enabled me to experience a lot of different cities, a lot of different cultures. Just, you know, different cities and it's been great."

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