(Updated below: He did it.) Tonight could see Lawrence Tynes double sole holder of a unique record.
Back in 2008 he became the only Scot ever to win the the coveted world title of the Super Bowl after a thrilling game by his team, the New York Giants, against the same opponents they face tonight in February 2012, the New England Patriots.
Lawrence grew up in Campbeltown before moving to Florida at the age of eleven.
After the thrill of the big win in 2008, two weeks ago Lawrence was the toast of New York when he kicked the Giants to the Super Bowl, winning the game against the San Francisco 49ers in overtime.
Born in Greenock, Lawrence moved to Campbeltown where his father, Larry, a medic with the US Navy Seals was stationed at RAF Machrihanish.
The family, – his father, his mother Margaret Ann – rom Port Glasgow and his two elder brothers, Jason and Mark, moved from the Machrihanish base to stay in Campbeltown’s High Street (above the Post Office). The boys went to St Kieran’s Primary School, closed for lack of pupils last year.
Back in the 1980s Lawrence played football under a different set of rules as he and his two brothers played for Longrow Boys Football Club. Already a highly talented footballer, Lawrence won the Longrow Boys FC player of the season for the under 10s and also played in the Under 12 side where he was again successful, winning a variety of trophies.
But tonight , in the Super Bowl, Lawrence has the opportunity to cement his hero status if he kicks the New York Giants to glory against New England Patriots in the Indiana state capital of Indianapolis. (Scot beats England to the Super Bowl will make a nice headline. Better than the rugby team managed yesterday.)
And if the Giants win, Lawrence Tynes will become – twice – the only Scot ever to win the Super Bowl.
Update 02.00 6th February: The Super Bowl is in full swing – with an audience of 150 million and an estimated 40% of all TV sets in the USA. The Giants have just pulled back to within two points of the Patriots – with a 33 yard kick by Tynes – Giants now 15-17 down.
The Giants started well – went to 9-0 up, then fell back to 17-9 down. Tynes had already kicked them up to 17-12 from 17-9, with a 38 yard kick,. before he got them up to 17.15.
Update 02.50 6th February: The New York Giants went on to beat the New England patriots by 21-17 to win Super Bowls XLVI.
Story from theKintyre Forum – and the link here also has a series of historical photographs of Lawrence in the Longrow Boys team.