Church, food and football make up this ex-coach's Sundays

Ken Pellerin of Groveland shows off his "I Beat Burt" T-shirt and brags a bit about the Patriots comeback in the Super Bowl win over Atlanta. 

GROVELAND -- To say football has been and still is a big part of Ken Pellerin’s life would be an understatement.

Born in Lawrence while growing up in North Andover, Pellerin taught and coached football at Andover High for more than three decades.

“I have been a Patriots fan since 1960,” said Pellerin. “I suffered all the ups and downs (mostly down) until Mr Kraft bought the team in 1994.”

But he really got to know the game at Andover High, coaching under legend Dick Collins and later Ken Maglio. He started as a freshmen coach and later became a full-time assistant on the varsity during some great years.

Since retiring, the 68-year-old relies on the Patriots to whet his appetite.

“My Sunday starts with morning Mass at Saint Patrick’s Church in Groveland, followed by our family Sunday dinner,” he said. “And then it’s just football for the rest of the day. I love it. Once the Patriots game begins, I don’t tolerate any interruptions or nonsense.”

Pellerin watches with his family, which includes wife, Donna, and children Eric, Leah and David. Sometimes, the grandkids --  Aidan, Madelyn, Liam, Joseph and Nora -- will make an appearance rooting on the Pats.

“I pick the Patriots every week,” said Pellerin. “I try to pick all winning teams, for the most part. But I usually go for one upset pick each week.”

After figuring out the post-Julian Edelman team, Pellerin likes what he sees.

“I think the Pats really missed Edelman early on,” said Pellerin. “As soon as they get ahead, they dictate the game the rest of the way. I like their chances a lot better now than I did earlier in the season.”

Nobody beat Burt

Can I gloat? Just one weekend? Thank you.

It was a pretty easy week, with about 75 percent of the entries selecting 10 winners out of the 15 games. But I was on my game, getting 14 correct picks.

There were only three entries that tied Burt, which doesn’t earn a “I Beat Burt” T-shirt.

There were five upsets -- underdogs that won. I correctly had four of them, including the Seahawks, who were underdogs at home getting five points. The only one I missed was the N.Y. Jets win over the Chiefs.

It doesn’t happen often, maybe once every three years, when nobody beats me. 

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