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The Biggest Giants Fan in the World [PHOTOS]

Branford’s biggest Giants fan shares his collection and why he just might be the biggest Blue Men fan in the state.

There is no way, even if you think you are, that you are a bigger Giants fan than Branford resident Jack Barletta. Before heading out to interview him, we Tweeted: “On my way to interview #Branford’s biggest #Giants fan…” @Justin_Pelazza responded, “I like to disagree. I am the biggest Giants fan in Branford!”

Sorry Justin Pelazza, but there’s just no way.

“When people say they are a bigger Giants fan than me,” commented Barletta, “I just say, ‘Come over.’”

Barletta tells about his passion and love for the New York Giants football team, just days before they play in the Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots as he stands on the 10 yard line of former Giants Stadium. You read that correctly. Barletta, who proclaims his 30-year career as the Transfer Station Operator for Hamden did not make him a rich man, purchased the 10-yard-line patch of turf for $2,500 in 2009-10 after the stadium was shut down in favor of opening the new Met Life Stadium. 

“Most people look at this and say, ‘What? Are you nuts?’” said Barletta. “There’s very few people who are psychotic like me. There are the words fan and fanatic. I take it to fanatic.”

Please take the time to learn about Barletta’s passion for the New York Giants through this photo essay. Not only is he a collector, but Barletta tells a story for every piece of memorabilia he owns from the hand-written letters from Giants' owner, the late Wellington Mara, to the toaster which brands the Giants logo on his toast. A season ticket holder since the Giants played at Yale Bowl in 1973, Barletta is not just Branford’s biggest Giants fan, he just might be the biggest Giants fan in the world.

Janis D'Andrea February 01, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Wow! Barletta is truly a giant Giants fan!
Chad Lyons February 01, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Holy Cow Jack......You are the Biggest Giants Fan! I must say I don't know any Patriots fans with memorabilia anything like your collection.
Tom Coon February 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Wow!!! I guess you can end your search now. That is amazing! Even as a die hard Pats fan I can say that is awesome. Does he save everything???? If so I will be sure to save him a copy of the newspaper next monday. But sorry to say it will read the PATS WIN!!!! Should be a great game!
Nicole Ball February 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Tom, thanks for being such a good sport! I still want your photo for another story I am working on. Be sure to tell readers why you and your son are diehard Pats fans! :)
Nicole Ball February 01, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I just got a chance to see the New Haven Register's video of Jack's home. Check it out! http://www.nhregister.com/video/?va_id=3232653&pl_id=21394&ref=synd
Chad Lyons February 02, 2012 at 09:59 PM
That Link does not load because the NHR want's you to browse their website. You need to search for the video tour of Jack's Giants Museum.
Paul Singley February 03, 2012 at 12:52 AM
What I liked best about this story is this caption from the photo with his late wife (it shows that while this man is a true fan - or fanatic - he has his life in perspective, a lesson we can all learn from. In the end, it's only a game. P.S. God bless his late wife. And thanks for sharing the story, Nicole, and Jack. Go GMEN!!!) --- CAPTION: One side of his second-floor stairwell is dedicated to his family where pictures of his three daughters and his late wife Noreen Barletta (pictured here) hang. Noreen died in 1999 at age 47 from cancer. Barletta said the first time he ever missed a Giants game was when his wife got sick and he had to watch it on a TV at Hospice. "When she got sick," he commented, "you realize it wasn't all that important.
Nicole Ball February 06, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Congrats to the Giants fans out there- Super Bowl XLVI is in the books, 21 to 17. Jack, this one was for you. http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/46

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