Former Patriots players visit nursing home for chili cookoff
An "in house" chili cookoff at a Brockton nursing home was the catalyst for a little show and tell with former New England Patriots offensive linemen Thursday.
The ramp up to the Super Bowl keeps on rolling as Joe Andruzzi and Russ Hochstein made another trip to the St. Joseph Manor facility. They've been there a number of times over the years already, but it never gets old.
There was a little chili to take it up a notch.
“There's not one resident that isn't a Patriot's fan here. So, we're excited about the Super Bowl, and looking forward to global domination," Jim Keane, an administrator at the nursing home, said with a sly grin.
Taste-testing took center stage -- for a while.
“Twelve different versions of chili. Everyone's got a different flavor and style,” said Keane.
The first-place winner, Mark from the kitchen, his first crack at making chili, a concoction described by the judges as having a "great flavor with a bite," received $50 cash and a “ginormous” trophy.
Second place won $25, and third place earned $15 to cover the cost of their chili.
But the Super Bowl rings, with all the bling, valued in the tens of thousands of dollars each, were the highlight after the contest.
“The ladies, you know, always like diamonds,” said Andruzzi, “So, it's real, it makes them glow a little bit. It's fun.”
Peter Zampine, of Brewster Ambulance, helped organize the get-together.
“We're fortunate enough to have Joe Andruzzi and Russ Hochstein on our staff with them, so they love spending time with the residents," Zampine said. "Between the two of these folks, these guys have six Super Bowl rings, so, they love to come out and show them off and the residents love to see them.”
Support like this helps keep Pat’s amazing run alive.
“Having the fan's support is truly great because when you're on top, everyone wants to take you down," Andruzzi said. "And the fans, they really hold you up high.”