This season the NFL launched the "NFL Fan of the Year" sweepstakes in order to find one extraordinary fan of 2020. The program recognizes the unyielding passion and constant support of fans nationwide. In partnership with all 32 clubs, this program is designed to spotlight fans who have a special affinity for their local team, provides inspiration to others and showcase how football unites their family, friends and local communities. The Fan of the Year winners must show the following qualities:
- Passion, enthusiasm and fandom for your favorite team and the NFL (33.3%)
- Inspirational story (33.3%)
- Community spirit (33.3%)
For the Giants, there is no fan worthier of the nomination as the team's Fan of the Year than super fan and season ticket member Timothy Harris.
After working in the shadows of MetLife Stadium as a Volunteer Firefighter in Rutherford, N.J., Harris decided to continue to pursue a career in public service by becoming a Port Authority Police Officer.
At just 34-years-old, Harris has been battling Stage 4 colon cancer since August 2018. He has slowed a bit after multiple surgeries and treatments, but nothing has affected his enthusiasm and excitement for being in Section 306 at MetLife Stadium cheering for Big Blue.
The Giants surprised Harris by announcing his nomination as the team's Fan of the Year on a Zoom call with quarterback Daniel Jones and Giants.com's Madelyn Burke.
"Tim, you have been selected as the Giants' Fan of the Year," Jones told Tim on the Zoom call. "We appreciate all of your support that goes back a long time, long before I was up here in New York. But appreciate all of your support. You've been awarded Giants Fan of the Year, so congratulations man."
Whether he's spending time before the game at an "M" lot tailgate gathering or cheering for the team with local legend "Crazy Tony" in Section 306, the Giants are proud to have Harris' continued support as a member of the Big Blue faithful. And the Giants hope to see him back in Section 306 next season, and wish him all of the luck in his ongoing battle.
"Tim is the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back," said his friend Brett. "Absolutely the best friend that I've ever had. When we were volunteer firefighters, I got injured at a fire at 4 o'clock in the morning and Tim was there before my family was even there. He's always been the guy that has my back and someone that we love as being a part of my family. Best man in my wedding, godfather to my son, and just a special human being. He is well-deserving of being the Giants' Fan of the Year."
Harris and the 31 other "Fans of the Year" will be narrowed down to a top eight and eventually a final three format during the NFL playoffs. The final three "Fans of the Year" will receive a trip to Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay, inclusive of two tickets plus a VIP experience. The ultimate "Fan of the Year" winner will be crowned during Super Bowl weekend.
Throughout the regular season, all 32 "Fan of the Year" selections will also receive a series of prizes/virtual experiences, recognizing their loyalty to the league and the club they represent.