CANTON, Ohio – Ford Hall of Fans announces three superfans for induction into its class of 2022. Michael Banks, a Detroit Lions fan, Terence Young, a Chicago Bears fan, and Amy Nolan, a New York Giants fan, will join the Ford Hall of Fans, recognizing some of the most passionate and loyal NFL enthusiasts across the country.
The three inductees, selected from more than 14,000 fans entered in the contest, were notified by Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Charles Woodson earlier today in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 votes were cast at FordHallofFans.com in a month-long polling to determine the finalists. Each won a trip to Super Bowl LVI to attend the big game, the Super Bowl Experience and other Pro Football Hall of Fame events, where they will meet Hall of Fame legends.
Banks, Young and Nolan will be honored with a presentation of their own display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, during annual Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls in August.
"Thousands of hopeful people dream of making it into the Ford Hall of Fans," said Jim Peters, brand content and alliances manager, Ford Motor Company. "These superfans were able to not only garner nominations from legendary Hall of Famers, they were able to inspire others to make them members of the class of 2022."
"Fans are the lifeblood of football," said Jim Porter, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "The hall is proud to join Ford in honoring these loyal fans who represent millions of other great fans across the country."
Banks, a military veteran, has been a Lions season-ticket holder for nine years, having inherited his love for the team from his mother and father, who would share stories of the Detroit Lions beating the Jim Brown-led Cleveland Browns. On game days, Banks, 51, decks his vehicle out with Lions flags and stays at the stadium until the very end, cheering loud and proud, no matter the score. Banks donates to Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment, a long-term rehabilitation program for veterans, and assists veterans with special needs.
Young first fell in love with the Bears watching Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Walter Payton on TV in 1983. Throughout his more than 30 years of fandom, the Chicago resident has been part of many experiences with the Bears, including having had the honor of announcing the team's fourth-round pick of the 2019 NFL draft live from Soldier Field. Young often flies across the country to make sure he never misses a Bears game. He makes an impact in his community as well, participating in the Bears Care Gala to help raise critically needed funds for innovative breast and ovarian cancer research.
Nolan grew up watching the "Big Blue" with her father, who passed away from cancer in 2006. She never misses a game and even travels to away games to keep the legacy of Giants fandom in her family alive and well. For her 40th birthday, Nolan threw a tailgate watch party in her front yard for everyone to root on the Giants. She serves as executive director of development at American Cancer Society and participates in the local Relay for Life walk in honor of her father.
Banks, Young and Nolan join inductees from the first three Ford Hall of Fans classes, including:
- 2021 class: Arizona Cardinals fan Kristi Brown, Las Vegas Raiders fan Wayne Mabry, aka, "The Violator," and Cleveland Browns fan Ray Prisby, aka, "Showdawg"
- 2020 class: Kansas City Chiefs fan Janel Carbajo, aka, "Puppet Lady," Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Keith Kunzig, aka, "Big Nasty," and Denver Broncos fan Rob Garner
- 2019 class: Miami Dolphins fan Roger Avila, aka, "Dolfan Maniac," Pittsburgh Steelers fan Rick Holman and Chicago Bears fan Don Wachter, aka, "Bearman"