Benjamin LaRaus is a big Giants fan–so big that he has a life-size poster of famous running back Ahmad Bradshaw in his room.
On Friday, the 11-year-old Bedford Hills resident got to meet Bradshaw in person at in Mount Kisco, an experience that he described as "nerve wracking."
It was also a chance for the man who made headlines for making this year's winning Super Bowl touchdown to sign LaRaus' Mount Kisco Maroons youth football jersey, one of many items that got his signature.
Dozens of folks from around northern Westchester and Putnam counties got the chance, with helmets, footballs or posters in hand.
"You made my Super Sunday super," Yorktown resident Paul Martin III told Bradshaw.
Anthony Jerussi, Mahopac, said to Bradshaw that it was "nice to beat the Patriots."
Getting Bradshaw was a coup for Photo File, which specializes in making photos that are officially licensed by each major American sports league. Photo File has been in business for 25 years, about five of which have been locally, said Peter Tortiello, who is director of licensing.
"This is the first time that we've ever had an athelete here," he said.
Bradshaw found out about the event through his agents.
"It's a great opportunity for me," he said.
Time has gone by fast since the Super Bowl; Bradshaw reports to camp soon for the pre-season. He said he's "just ready to go," and start playing football again. Bradshaw also talked about what he would like to see improvement in, with interest in boosting the offense and rushing. He praised his team's defense and said it "had our back" last year.
During his career as a Giant, Bradshaw has been around for both of its Super Bowl wins, in 2008 and this year in 2012.
"It's been a whirlwind for me," he said. Bradshaw also said that he is "blessed" to be part of the Giants.
Bradshaw is one of several connections that the Giants have to the area. Teammate and quarterback for Guiding Eyes for the Blind's annual golf event. Members of the owning Mara family