My name is Specialist Matthew Litzenberger. My father (Karl Litzenberger) and I have been life-long Buccaneers fans and season ticket holders (Section 133 ROW Y Seats 19 and 20).
My father took me to my first Bucs game when I was five years old, taught me the game of football and I was a die-hard Buccaneer ever since. Our love of the Bucs even when they were a losing team for many years helped reinforce lessons on perseverance and loyalty my father bestowed upon me. We would go to training camp together, and I was one of the few kids growing up to have a Vinny Testaverde, Reggie Cobb, Errict Rhett jersey. I have pictures as a boy with Sam Wyche and Hardy Nickerson.
Up until this current season I had missed only seven Buccaneer home games in 20 years. Even through college I would drive 2.5 hours from the University of Florida to root for the Bucs with my father. The Bucs were a building block for my great relationship with my dad. We even culminated a Bucs fans dream by traveling to San Diego and watching the Bucs win the Super Bowl.
I am currently deployed to Forward Operating Base Iskan, Iraq with 3/7 IN BN. I will be watching and rooting passionately for the Bucs on the Armed Forces Network. My father, family, and I have had a catch phrase we say right before kickoff of every Bucs game for good luck. We say “Hit them in the mouth.”
Unfortunately, due to my deployment, I have missed as many home games this season as I have in the 20 years prior. I know you are very busy and get hundreds of requests from fans, but if there is any way you could display our good luck phrase/picture (I attached) on the video board to let my father know that while I can’t be there with him to watch the Bucs beat the Giants, I am there in spirit, and thanks for all that he has done for me.
It would mean so much to he and I if this could be possible. I do understand if this isn’t possible, but my father also taught me it can never hurt to ask. Either way I just wanted to let everyone at the Buccaneers organization know that not only have you been part of my life growing up, but even in a war zone the Bucs bring me happiness and help keep me going over here through the challenges I face.
I don't have much time to look up e-mail addresses so if you know of anyone within the Bucs organization that could help could you please forward them my message. Thank you for your time.
B-U-C-C-A-N-E-E-R-S…GO BUCS! “Hit Them in The Mouth” this Sunday,
SPC Matthew Litzenberger
Pewter Report has forwarded this letter on to the Buccaneers and hopes that SPC Litzenberger and his comrades will have a safe and successful mission while serving our country over in Iraq.
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