SAUGUS– If there’s one thing NFLPA certified agent Sean Stellato prides himself in doing, it’s giving fans the opportunities to interact with his clients. Stellato organizes an annual All-American Football Fundamentals Showcase in Lynn and a yearly NFL Draft Party at Ferncroft Country Club, where his clients interact with fans.
Next Monday night (6), Stellato will host a Monday Night Football Tailgate Party alongside client Brandon King, a safety/special teams player for the New England Patriots.
“It’s exciting, especially coming to the North Shore where we’re an hour away from Gillette (Stadium),” Stellato, a Salem native and former Salem High quarterback, said. “A lot of these people may not have a lot of access to these guys. It’s cool to interact with the players, take a picture, get an autograph. They can see these guys are just regular guys who live a dream every day and do what they love. There’s not a lot of entitlement with these guys. They want to earn it and play. It’s refreshing to see these guys who want to pride themselves in giving back and not taking anything for granted.
“Brandon King kind of sums it up,” Stellato continued. “He’s traveled the road less traveled. He barely snuck into the league. Now he’s one of the NFL leaders in special teams tackles. He’s forever a champion as a member of the (Patriots) team that won Super Bowl 51.”
The tailgate party will take place at Kowloon Restaurant and includes a chicken wing eating contest. Sponsors include Mutual Beef Co., DCS Financial and Tuscan Kitchen. Proceeds will go toward the “No Backing Down” Foundation.
“It’s an annual event so it’s kind of cool,” Stellato said. “We try to make it special for whoever walks into the room. The sponsors are great. Kowloon’s a great venue. Mutual Beef has been a big supporter of what we do. It’s great for people to go out and have some fun. We’re looking for a big-time chicken wing eater to dethrone our three-time champ.”
Monday night’s game pins the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs against the 9-1 St. Louis Rams in a potential Super Bowl Preview. The Chiefs haven’t lost since they were defeated by the Patriots (43-40) in Week 6.
“With the Patriots having three losses (7-3), and Kansas City at one, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Chiefs catch another loss,” Stellato said. “It’s going to be a great game that a lot of people are excited to see. You have two high-flying, high-scoring offenses. The past few weeks, the Rams defense has been exploited a bit. It’ll be interesting to see what the Chiefs offense can do. It should be a good game.
“There’ll be a lot of food, fun and entertainment,” Stellato continued. “It’s going to be a phenomenal game. It should be a great night.”