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February 2, 2012

Plaistow woman hopes to celebrate late son's birthday with a Pats win

PLAISTOW, N.H. — Stephanie Broadhurst said she believes the spirit of her late son — who would have turned 7 on Super Bowl Sunday — will help spur the Patriots to victory over the Giants.

"My most memorable moment as a Pats fan has to be when I had my son," the 28-year-old Plaistow woman recalled of Xander, the 1-pound-9.5 ounce baby who was born prematurely on Feb. 5, 2005, just a day before New England won its last Super Bowl.

"The first thing he heard was the Super Bowl on the radio, I always say he came out on the 5th so I could watch the game and he could listen to it," she said.

Xander died in the fall of 2005, due to complications.

But Broadhurst calls it "good luck" for the Pats that they'll be playing on Xander's birthday.

"Just like Myra is up there, he's up there, too, rooting for the Pats," she said, referring to Myra Kraft, the wife of Pats owner Bob Kraft who died last year of cancer.

So it is that the Pats play in their seventh Super Bowl on what would have been Xander's seventh birthday.

"I don't know by how much, but I know my little angel Xander will be up there helping them out," she said.

Broadhurst is not a season ticket holder and has only been to two Pats games in her life.

"I think everybody is underestimating them," Broadhurst said of this year's Pats.

"I like what the whole team represents. They're so humble. They don't focus on the past, they focus on right now — in the present. That's something which doesn't pertain to football but is a good life message," she said.

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