Two-time NFL Super Bowl champion reveals he was inspired by Celtic hero
Two-time Super Bowl champion Lawrence Tynes has named Celtic icon Paul McStay as one of his favourite professional athletes of all time.
Tynes, born in Greenock, won two championships in the NFL as a kicker with the New York Giants – a team that prides itself on wearing blue, white and red.
But it’s the green and white of Celtic that Tynes grew up idolising – as shared on Twitter this week – unable to escape the lure of a certain McStay, who dominated the Bhoys midfield in the 1980s and 1990s, eventually as captain.
Tynes is the only player in NFL history to have two overtime game-winning field goals in the playoffs – which is the kind of composure and reliability that certainly marked McStay out as a hero for a generation of Celtic supporters.
The Giants icon has spoken about his history with Celtic before, telling the official website back in 2012 about a match he attended in 1989: “It was awesome. We wore our scarves and had our tricolour flag. We weren’t in The Jungle, though. We were behind the goal at the Celtic End.
“My Celtic heroes at that time were players like Paul McStay, Pat Bonner, Mick McCarthy and Andy Walker. They were great players. I also had the Panini sticker books – I’ve still got some of those.
“When we first moved over it was hard to keep up with Celtic because of the time changes. But the Internet has probably been the biggest change.
“My oldest brother, Jason, is probably more involved in it now. He’s the one who keeps me up-to-date with the scores, and keeps up with it more now. I have a lot of family over in Scotland, aunts, uncles a lot of cousins, mainly based in Port Glasgow.”
So there you have it, the influence of Celtic stretches far and wide. Undoubtedly if you were a fan as a child, the club leaves a mark on you that is almost impossible to forget.
Even if someone goes through a period of not following Celtic, they always come back to the great institution eventually.