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Super Bowl XLIX Fan On The Street: Redskins Ink In Arizona

Posted by Redskins.com on January 26, 2015 – 1:52 pm

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By Brendan Capria
Redskins.com Contributing Writer

Brad Labanow, 28, has a tattoo that leaves its mark deeper than the skin. Labanow, who lives in Marana, Ariz., has a 1970’s-esque Redskins logo on his right shoulder.

And even though he was wearing a vintage Redskins shirt around downtown Phoenix during the week of Super Bowl XLIX, he said he does not need to wear a shirt or hat to show his love for the team.

His decision was easy.

“I was like, ‘Yep, that’ll work. I’ll do that,’” said Labanow, pulling up his sleeve over the weekend to expose the tattoo to the Arizona sun. “Even though we haven’t done well since ’92 it seems like, it’s still something I’m proud of. It’ll always be on there.”

He said the 1991-92 season resonated with him. Labanow has lived in Arizona since the Cardinals relocated there in 1987, but his dad is a Rockville, Md., native – and pretty much forced him to be a Redskins fan.

But at 5 years old, he embraced the team.

During the 1991 season, he and his father recorded all of the team’s playoff games. It was the Redskins’ game against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 4, 1992, that is still vivid in his memory. The Redskins beat the Falcons 24-7 and went on to win the Super Bowl that year.

“…and inside the stadium they started throwing yellow seat cushions, and on CBS they were showing all their seat cushions being thrown everywhere,” Labanow said. “I still remember it like it was yesterday.”

While Labanow has been in Arizona, he has attended every Redskins-Cardinals game the past 11 years since 1991.

As for the music quote wrapped around the logo of his arm – stemming from a song by Eric Church – it simply means he comes from a long line of Redskins fans in his family. He is but another generation.

“It’s been in my family for a long time,” he said. “To me, they’re America’s team.”

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