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Local Super Bowl champion hosts Super Bowl LII party

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The Super Bowl is a perfect time for a party, but it's not to often you get to go to a party hosted by a Super Bowl champion. By name or by face, not many know Tom Rehder, the owner of Mongo's Saloon in Grover Beach, and that's just the way he prefers it.

Tom, a native of Orcutt and graduate of St. Joseph High School, was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1988 out of Notre Dame, and later won Super Bowl XXV with the New York Giants in 1990. Tom had an exclusive chat about his Super Bowl title with KSBY's Chance Dickman during Sunday's Super Bowl LII party at Mongo's.

Chance: How much does the Super Bowl mean to you? 

Tom: It means a lot obviously because it’s the biggest game, and it’s provided me a wonderful part of my life. 

Chance: When did is sink in that you won the Super Bowl?

Tom: "When he missed the field goal. It’s surreal. You get in kind of a daze or a fog because it’s just so much energy going on." 

Chance: Do people ask to see your Super Bowl ring now that you have one?

Tom: "Yeah. They ask me if I have it on, or where it is. I don’t where it every day. It’s at home in the safe. They ask where it is and I’ll bring it out for this day. And every once in awhile, I’ll have it on when I go to a meeting or a wedding. It’s something you don’t where every day." 

Chance: Your wife Amy told me that you won the Super Bowl championship on your birthday. How is that for a birthday gift?

Tom: "That is a really good birthday gift. I got myself in trouble with her though because we were going out and she put on a really nice dinner and an awesome birthday for me. She said, ‘Isn’t this the best birthday you’ve ever had?’ But I said I won the Super Bowl on my birthday. She’ll never let that one down." 

Chance: Fun fact. For awhile there, you were the only man on this Earth with a Super Bowl Championship and a World Bowl Championship. 

Tom: "That is true. I didn’t know until someone said you're a trivia question on a sports thing. They said I’m the only person with a Super Bowl ring and a World Bowl ring. I went and played at the end of my career for the Sacramento Surge, and we won the World Bowl up in Montreal."

Chance: Was it always a dream of yours to be a Super Bowl champion when you were playing football in Santa Maria?

Tom: "No. I never even thought about it. It didn’t enter my mind because I never really planned it. I just got up and did the best I could and try to win, and it all fell in place."

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