Dan Koppen played in three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and was a part of the Boston media that covered the team's last two Super Bowls.
He was also a member of Denver's 2013-14 Super Bowl team.
So, Koppen, a Whitehall High School graduate, has been to more than his share of Super Bowls, and you can forgive him for not attending this one in person.
Instead, his focus these days is on opening a brewery with a friend in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where he lives.
"I could have gone out there, but since I was either playing or covering a lot of Super Bowls for so many years, I wanted to spend this one at home and watch it with my family," he said. "I want to experience it in another way."
Koppen, who was the team's starting center from 2003-2011 is still involved with the Pats, working for NBC Sports Boston, and will be an informed viewer when Super Bowl LII unfolds Sunday night.
He won a pair of Super Bowls with the Pats and was a team member the last time New England hooked up with the Eagles on the biggest stage in sports 13 years ago.
"What do I remember about that game? That we won," Koppen said with chuckle when asked about Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, a 24-21 New England win.
"That was a great game and for me it had a little special meaning because I grew up just outside Philadelphia and had a lot of friends who were Eagles fans, although I wasn't particularly one. It's always very satisfying to beat your hometown team."
As he watches this rematch with family and friends, Koppen expects to see a finely-tuned Pats team that has this Super Bowl thing down to a science.
"For New England, the goal isn't just to get there, it's to win," he said. "It can be a circus at a Super Bowl, but the coaching staff and a lot of guys have been there before and they know success comes down to the preparation they put in during the two weeks leading up to the game. They know why they're there."
Koppen said he'd characterize the 2017 Pats as a team that's mentally strong.
New England began the season 2-2 and gave up 42 points in an opening-night loss to Kansas and 33 in a Week 4 loss to Carolina.
From there, however, they won 11 of their last 12 regular-season games and allowed more than just 20 points just twice.
"They went through some bumps and bruises early in the season and lost some key leaders in [Julian] Edelman and [Dont'a] Hightower on both sides of the ball," Koppen said. "They really had to work hard early on to figure things out."
As expected head coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia pulled things together.
"They had to figure out what they had in certain guys and where to put them before they could flourish," Koppen said. "Giving up those points early left a bad taste in their mouths. You saw them really develop all year long and they hit their stride when they always want to hit their stride and that's after Thanksgiving."
Koppen said the defense gives up yards, but not necessarily touchdowns.
"It's the kind of style they've won with before," he said. "If you give up three points instead of six, things are going to work out."
Of course many believe the key to the game is how much the Eagles ferocious defensive front can get to Tom Brady. Koppen thinks the Pats will have that covered, too.
"The Eagles defensive line is really good but so was Jacksonville's," he said. "They're used to going against strong defenses. They're going to be aware of where Fletcher Cox is on the field at all times and they'll come up with a scheme whether it's uptempo, getting the ball out quick or getting the running game going so those guys up front can't pin their ears back and get to the quarterback."
Koppen is proud to have played a role in perhaps the greatest dynasty in NFL history and says it is not any special formula that has produced the team's remarkable run.
"It's consistency at the top with the owner, head coach and a system and they keep bringing in good guys to make that system work," Koppen said. "I don't know if I'd call it the Patriot way. It's just being accountable, working hard and playing together as a team. Those are life lessons that could apply to any walk of life."
Koppen stays in touch with Lehigh Valley people, including Whitehall athletic director Bob Hartman and former Zephyrs coach Tony Cocca.
Cocca was at Boston College to see Koppen inducted into the school's Varsity Club Hall of Fame in October
"They just called me out of the blue and told me I was going in," Koppen said. "I never played the game for individual awards. I didn't play to get a scholarship or play to get into the NFL. It was always about enjoying the game with teammates. If teams do well, those personal recognitions come with them."
Koppen said he follows the Whitehall results on mcall.com and closely followed the exploits of fellow Zephyrs alum Saquon Barkley at Penn State.
"I haven't talked to Saquon personally, but I have communicated with him on Twitter a few times," Koppen said. "From what I understand, he's got on his head on straight and understands what it takes to be successful in college or the NFL. It was fun watching him at Penn State. It'll be interesting to see where he goes. I don't think he's going to be there when it's the Patriots turn to pick."