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Twitter follower gets free ticket

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Victor Gonzalez, a college student from Fort White, attended Saturday's Broncos-Patriots division playoff game courtesy of Chad Ochocinco.

Gonzalez is a follower — one of about 3 mil­lion — of the Patriots receiver on Twitter.com. He had spent two years trying to elicit a response from Ochocinco online.

He reached his breaking point Jan. 8, FoxSports.com said.

"Been tweeting you for two years and have not ever gotten a response," Gonzalez wrote.

Finally, Ochocinco responded: "My bad. Want to come to the game saturday?"

Gonzalez responded: "I would love to but i live in FLA. can you fly me out?"

Not a problem for Ochocinco, who promised to transport Gonzalez from his home about 37 miles northwest of Gainesville and put him up in a hotel.

"Bundle up young Jedi for it is cold here," Ochocinco said on Twitter on Friday.

Gonzalez arrived Friday. Ochocinco took him out for dinner, then shopping for Patriots merchandise. Friday night, Gonzalez posted a photo of himself with Ochocinco and wrote on Twitter, "Living a dream!"

Safety woes: Denver S Brian Dawkins, a four-time All-Pro, sat. Dawkins, 38, has had a neck injury throughout the season and did not play in last week's wild-card win or the regular-season finale. During the game, the Broncos lost safeties Quinton Carter and David Bruton. Carter, whose interception set up Denver's only touchdown, hurt his neck during the second quarter. Bruton sustained a concussion during the third.

Hernandez leaves: TE Aaron Hernandez, whose 43-yard run helped set up the Patriots' first touchdown, left in the fourth quarter with a head injury. The status of the former Gator was unknown.

Staying behind: Broncos LS Lonie Paxton did not travel to New England because of complications with his wife's pregnancy with twins, his agent said. Previously, the team had said only that Paxton would miss the game because of a family emergency.

Obituary: Ex-Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser died Wednesday, his foundation said. He was 69. The cause of death was not disclosed. Mr. Kaiser bought the team in 1981 and owned it when it obtained QB John Elway from the Colts. He sold it to the current owner, Pat Bowlen, in 1984. In 2004, Mr. Kaiser lost a court battle over the right to buy back a stake in the team. "On behalf of the Denver Broncos, I extend our sincere condolences to the family of Edgar Kaiser," Bowlen said in a statement. "I have enormous appreciation for the opportunity Edgar gave me to become owner of this great franchise in 1984."

Twitter follower gets free ticket 01/14/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 15, 2012 12:22am]

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