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Merrimack Valley

January 19, 2013

Weaned on the Pats

Parents raise twins, toddler to be next generation of fans

METHUEN — Louann Santos loves the New England Patriots so much she’s raising her three children to be among the next generation of the team’s fanatical fans.

Santos’ 5-month-old twins Zachary and Alana aren’t walking and talking yet, but are already being weaned on their mom’s passion for the team.

The tots, along with their 3-year-old brother Jake, will be dressed in Patriots outfits when they sit down in front of the 47-inch flat screen TV in the family room of the Santos home to watch the Pats play the Baltimore Ravens tomorrow night in their AFC Championship showdown. The winner advances to the Super Bowl in two weeks.

“Until they’re old enough to make their own decisions, they will be Patriots fans,” Santos, 35, said. “And if they’re smart, they’ll stay Pats fans.”

“I got it from my dad. He got me into football at a very young age and it’s been passed down to my kids. I remember running around with one of my dad’s Patriots T-shirts. I think I was 6-years-old and it probably went down to my ankle,” she recalled.

Her dad, Louis Ouellette, 66, lives next door and is a frequent guest in the Santos home on game day.

A true blue Patriots marriage

Santos practically owes her marriage to her longtime love affair with the Pats. At least, that’s what drew her husband Greg, a Rhode Island native, and her together. They met through an online computer connection more than a decade ago.

“My screen name was Patriots Girl,” Santos said.

“That interested him and we started talking. That’s how everything started. I drove down to Rhode island to meet him. It was 10 years in July that we had our first date,” she said.

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