Sky Bet trader and friend of Sporting Life Jacob Barnor has entered the Guinness Book of World Records after completing a whirlwind tour of every stadium in the NFL in just 84 days - netting a pair of Super Bowl tickets in the process.
Thursday's Thanksgiving game between the Saints and Falcons in Atlanta brought the curtain down on a gruelling trip around the entire United States taking in games at all 32 NFL teams.
You can see all of Jacob's adventures on his Twitter feed @JBBFootball - and we'll be catching up with the man himself upon his return to get a full debrief on his three-month epic adventure.
His 84-day trip will now be officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records.
During his final game NFL UK surprised Jacob with two Super Bowl tickets in recognition of his efforts. His journey, which kicked off at the opening game in September, was self-funded using savings that he was keeping to help him buy a house.
On receiving the tickets Jacob said: “I still can’t quite get over today. I have to thank NFL UK for today and the Super Bowl tickets! I had no idea and it blew me away. A day I’ll never forget!”
Along with documenting his trip on social media, Jacob was required to wear a GPS tracker at every game. He also had to record video footage of the first and last plays and get a signature to confirm his attendance.
Once his evidence has been ratified by the Guinness World Record office, he will officially be the new record holder, beating the previous record of 86 days set in December 2016.
Alistair Kirkwood, Managing Director of NFL UK, said: “It is the passion of fans such as Jacob that have helped us achieve the progress we have seen in the UK. To make the sacrifices he has, both financial and in wider aspects of his life, to demonstrate his love of the game in this way is remarkable.
"Not to mention the incredible feat of planning! We congratulate him on his achievement and look forward to seeing him at Super Bowl LIV in Miami.”
Jacob says American football has become his life, along with watching the NFL, he also plays the game in the UK and has spent six years coaching his local team. Now he’ll be hoping his beloved 49ers can join him at Super Bowl LIV which will be held in Miami next February.
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